How to reinstate a North Carolina LLC
Revival of North Carolina LLC with North Carolina Secretary of State
How to reinstate a North Carolina Limited Liability Company:
If your LLC was administratively dissolved by the North Carolina Secretary of State, Corporations Division (SOS), and you would like to reinstate, file form L-08,
Application for Reinstatement Following Administrative Dissolution of Limited Liability Company. Mail or drop off the application with any missing annual reports and fees. The annual reports should contain the LLCs current information.
Make sure you include a Coversheet for Corporate Filings (which is required for over the counter filing) because this is how you can request expedited processing and method of return. The reinstatement forms are in your online account when you sign up for registered agent service with Northwest. You can also find them on the North Carolina SOS website (see link below). You do not have to use the SOS reinstatement form; you are allowed to draft your own. You do not need original signatures on the application for reinstatement.
Include the filing fee when you mail or walk in your documents. The SOS accepts cash, certified checks, money orders, business or personal checks with address and telephone number. Please make checks payable to the North Carolina Secretary of State. The North Carolina SOS does not accept credit cards.
North Carolina Secretary of State
Mailing: PO BOX 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622
2 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2903
Phone: (919) 807-2225
Fax: (919) 807-2039
How much will it cost to reinstate a North Carolina LLC?
The application for reinstatement filing fee is $100. The fee for each missing annual report is $200.
Same day expedited processing will cost an additional $200. 24 hour expedited processing costs and additional $100.
How long does it take the state to process the filing?
Normal processing is completed in 7 to 10 business days. Same day expedited processing is available for documents received before noon. 24 hour expedite processing is also available (not on holidays or weekends).
How long does your North Carolina LLC have to be inactive with the state before you wouldn’t have any fees, and would just have to start over with a new North Carolina LLC?
You can reinstate a North Carolina LLC at any time. So you would never have to start with a new company. But you could choose not to reinstate if you would prefer to start over by forming a new North Carolina business entity. The filing fee for new articles of organization is $125.
Remember that the name of an administratively dissolved LLC is not available for use by other until 5 years after the effective date of dissolution. So if you want to use the old LLCs name, it may not be available.
Can you change your North Carolina registered agent at the same time on the North Carolina reinstatement?
No. You can’t change your NC registered agent on the reinstatement form.
But remember that your annual reports will contain current information.
Can you change your principal address at the same time on the online reinstatement?
No. You can’t change the LLCs principal address on the application for reinstatement. You can’t change the principal address on the reinstatement form, but you can put the current address on the annual reports you file with the application for reinstatement.
Can you change your members and/or managers at the same time on the online reinstatement?
No. You can’t change member or manager information on the North Carolina reinstatement form.
Even though you can’t update member/manager information on the reinstatement application, you will have to list current information on the annual reports you file.
What if my business name is no longer available when I reinstate my North Carolina LLC?
If a domestic LLCs name is no longer available when it reinstates, the LLC will have to change its name by filing an amendment to its articles of organization.
How many annual reports can you miss before you can’t revive your North Carolina LLC?
There is no limit on reinstatement in North Carolina. You can reinstate at any time and it does not matter how many annual reports you have missed.