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How to Reinstate a North Carolina LLC

To revive a North Carolina LLC, you’ll need to file the Application for Reinstatement Following Administrative Dissolution of Limited Liability Company (Form L-08) with the North Carolina Secretary of State. You’ll also have to fix the issues that led to your North Carolina LLC’s dissolution. Below, we provide a free, step-by-step guide to reinstating your North Carolina LLC.

Revive A North Carolina Limited Liability Company

The North Carolina Secretary of State has the power to administratively dissolve an LLC if it fails to do any of the following for 60 days:

  • file annual reports
  • pay any fees or penalties
  • appoint and maintain a registered agent

To get back into business again, you can apply for reinstatement. To revive or reinstate your North Carolina LLC, you’ll need to submit the following to the North Carolina Secretary of State:

  • a completed Application for Reinstatement Following Administrative Dissolution of Limited Liability Company (Form L-08)
  • a completed cover sheet (if filing by mail or in person)
  • any missing annual reports and fees
  • the $100 filing fee

What information do I need for the North Carolina Reinstatement Application?

To file the North Carolina Application for Reinstatement, you’ll need to provide your LLC’s name, date of administrative dissolution, and the reason the SOS dissolved your North Carolina LLC.

If you believe there was no reason for administrative dissolution, you’ll need to briefly explain why. Otherwise, you’ll need to include a brief explanation of how you fixed the problem that led to dissolution.

The form must be signed and dated by a manager or another person authorized to do business on behalf of your North Carolina LLC.

How do I file the North Carolina Application for Reinstatement?

You can submit the North Carolina Application for Reinstatement online, by mail, or in person. If you’re filing a paper copy, the SOS recommends including a completed cover sheet. Payment options depend on filing method.

  • Mail and In Person: Cash, money order, or check (payable to “NC Secretary of State”)
  • Online: Bank transfer or credit card

How much will it cost to revive a North Carolina LLC?

The filing fee for an Application for Reinstatement is $100. You’ll also have to pay the $200 filing fee for any missed annual reports. Expedited service is available for an additional $100-$200.

How long does it take to reinstate a North Carolina LLC?

It takes North Carolina’s Secretary of State 7-10 business days to process reinstatement applications. Expedited service is available as follows:

  • Same-day service: $200
  • 24-hour service: $100

Can you change your North Carolina registered agent on the North Carolina reinstatement?

No. The North Carolina Application for Reinstatement does not provide an opportunity to change your registered agent.

To change your North Carolina Registered agent, you’ll need to file a Statement of Change of Registered Agent with the SOS.

How long do you have to revive a North Carolina LLC?

You can revive a business anytime, but after 5 years, your name becomes available for other businesses to adopt.

What if my North Carolina LLC’s name was taken during dissolution?

If another company has adopted your North Carolina LLC’s name, you’ll need change your name by filing a North Carolina LLC amendment with your reinstatement application.

What if my North Carolina LLC has a multiple status designation?

A multiple status designation means that your North Carolina LLC has been both administratively dissolved by the SOS and suspended by the Department of Revenue or a licensing board. You’ll need to contact the Department of Revenue or the responsible licensing board to correct the issue that led to suspension.

Where do I submit my North Carolina Application for Reinstatement?

Reinstatement applications are processed by the North Carolina Secretary of State.

Mailed Filings:

PO Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626

In-Person Filings:

2 South Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC 27601

Online: North Carolina Business Registration

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