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Start an LLC in New Hampshire

Use our free business tools below to complete your New Hampshire LLC Certificate of Formation. This is the document you file directly with the New Hampshire Corporations Division to form your LLC.

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How to Start an LLC in New Hampshire

Starting an LLC in New Hampshire gives you liability protection, and it also means you can pick a management structure and tax election status that works best for your company. In New Hampshire, you’ll need to pay a $100 filing fee.

To launch your LLC, you’ll need to fill out paperwork called a Certificate of Formation and submit it to the New Hampshire Corporations Division. You can complete the paperwork on your own or hire someone like Northwest to complete it for you. Once the Certificate is submitted, you’ll need to take additional steps to secure your privacy and satisfy federal government requirements. Here’s what to do.


1. Name Your LLC

First off, you need a name for your LLC. The complete text of New Hampshire’s naming rules for LLCs can be found in NH Revised Stat. § 304-C:32, but in general, your LLC name must:

  • Include “limited liability company,” or an acceptable abbreviation such as “LLC.”
  • Be unique among registered business names in New Hampshire. You can run a business name search via the Secretary of State’s website.
  • Not contain language implying your business is something it’s not, such as a government agency or a charity.
  • Not use the name of a political party unless you have written consent from a representative of that party.

Tip: If your preferred name is available in New Hampshire, that’s great. But it’s still possible that someone has trademarked the name federally, which could leave you open to getting sued. Running a trademark clearance search can help you avoid that situation.

2. Register Your Domain Name

You’ve picked a name for your New Hampshire LLC. Now it’s time to see if your business name is available as a domain name. A domain name is just a website address (for instance, ours is

But what if you aren’t ready to build a business website yet? That’s just fine, but you should still go ahead and reserve a domain name. Reserving a domain name now is a good idea because:

  • Changing your LLC’s name is a long and often frustrating process. If you can’t find a domain name that matches or goes with your LLC’s name, it’s best to find out as soon as possible.
  • Registering a domain name early enables you to go ahead and get a business email address.

Giving out a personal email address for your business may seem unprofessional. It’s easier to organize your business correspondence properly from the beginning by using a business email address (like [email protected]).

Tip: When you hire us to form your LLC, you’ll get a free domain name for a whole year.

3. File New Hampshire LLC Certificate of Formation

A Certificate of Formation is what you submit to the New Hampshire Corporations Division. Once you’ve submitted the paperwork, the Corporations Division will check it for any issues. If there are none, the state will approve your business, meaning your LLC is officially formed.

Tip: Everything you list on this form becomes part of the public record. Hiring a professional registered agent is one way to keep your personal information private.

Your Certificate of Formation must include the following info:

Must include the phrase “limited liability company” or an an acceptable abbreviation like “LLC.”

If included, this must be a physical street address. If this field is left blank, the registered office will be used as the principal office address.

A P.O. Box is acceptable here, or you can leave this field blank.

Feel free to leave this blank if you don’t want your phone number to be made public.

List an email address if you want the Corporations Division to email you Annual Reports reminders instead of mailing them.

You’re required to be specific here about the type of business you’re starting. For example, “nail salon”  or “fitness trainer.” Other states will accept general statements, but New Hampshire is not one of them.

A registered agent is the person or entity who you authorize to accept legal mail on behalf of your LLC. Legal mail includes notices that you’re being served with a lawsuit. Once a registered agent has been served, they must get the paperwork to you as quickly as possible. New Hampshire law requires every LLC to have a registered agent. Your registered agent must:

  • Have a physical address (not a P.O. box or virtual office) in the state of New Hampshire, which will be listed on the public record.

  • Maintain regular business hours at this address.

  • Accept service of process on behalf of your business and forward it to you right away

Tip: If you meet the above requirements, you can serve as your own New Hampshire registered agent. But if you were hoping to live more privately with an LLC, it’s best to hire a professional like Northwest to act as your registered agent.

Specify whether your LLC will be managed by members or managers. In a member-managed LLC, members (also known as owners) are in charge of running the LLC on a day-to-day basis. In a manager-managed LLC, members appoint or hire a manager or managers and let them take care of running things.

List your members’ or managers’ names and addresses here.

Your Certificate of Formation can be signed by a manager (if your LLC is manager-managed) or a member (if your LLC is member-managed). New Hampshire law also allows anyone authorized by the LLC to sign the Certificate of Formation, including a registered agent.


How do you “file” a New Hampshire Certificate of Formation?

When we say “file,” we mean submitting your Certificate of Formation to the New Hampshire Corporations Division. Filing can be done in one of three ways: online, by mail, or in-person.

By mail:
Corporation Division
NH Dept. of State
107 N Main St, Rm 204
Concord, NH 03301-4989

In person:
State House Annex
3rd Floor, Rm 317
25 Capitol St, Concord, NH 03301

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4. Adopt an Operating Agreement

An operating agreement is a guidebook for how your LLC will operate. It includes information on how the LLC will do things like vote, handle disputes, and distribute profits. It should cover both everyday occurrences and events that only happen once, like the dissolution of the company.

You don’t have to file a copy of your operating agreement with the state, as operating agreements are considered internal documents. That said, you should still draft a written operating agreement, partly because you’ll need one to do things like open a business bank account. But a written agreement is also crucial in case your LLC ever ends up getting sued. Without one, your LLC will be subject to New Hampshire’s default LLC laws, which means you have less control over your business.

Tip: Drafting an operating agreement isn’t something you do every day, which can make it a struggle. So we had our attorneys draft an operating agreement exclusively for New Hampshire, and you can access it for free.

5. Get an EIN

Your LLC will probably need an EIN. EIN stands for Employer Identification Number, and it’s a nine-digit number that’s assigned by the IRS. An EIN makes it easier to pay your taxes, but it also helps when applying for loans or opening a business bank account. As a bonus, listing your EIN on a form is more secure than giving out your social security number.

You can obtain an EIN through the IRS’ website. If you’d rather not do that, you can hire us to get an EIN on your behalf.

6. Get a Business Bank Account

You should avoid blending your personal finances and business finances. Mixing the two could lead to a court deciding that, legally speaking, you and your LLC are the same. By opening a business bank account, you’ll be able to keep your business and personal finances separate. When you head to the bank to open a business account, you’ll need to bring three things: your EIN, a copy of your operating agreement, and an LLC Resolution to Start a Bank Account.

7. File the Beneficial Ownership Information Report

The last step is submitting a Beneficial Ownership Information Report with a federal agency called FinCEN. The BOI Report must include information about your company’s beneficial owners, and, depending on when your business was formed, company applicants as well. You can file the BOI Report yourself if you want, or you can hire us to file it for you.

*This is informational commentary, not advice. This information is intended strictly for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel. This information is not intended to create, nor does your receipt, viewing, or use of it constitute, an attorney-client relationship. More information is available in our Terms of Service.

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