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COVID-19 Update:

As an essential business, we’ve been blessed to stay busy. We’re open, fully operational, and committed to providing the highest level of customer service. But let’s be honest: Covid-19 sucks! While Northwest Registered Agent can’t make face masks or work on medical breakthroughs, we can help you stay in business or start a new one. For those struggling, we’ve never charged a late fee and if you’re a current customer and can’t pay your bill, that’s okay. We don’t need to adjust our systems or offer you a coupon code. If you can’t pay us—don’t—we’ll float you as long as possible. We witness our country’s resilience every day as we’ve been flooded with orders from people starting new businesses. While most of our Corporate Guides are now working remote, our efficiency has gone down, but we’ve hired 17 new people since March 1, and we’re figuring out how to hire remote workers better. We’re ramping up for the future, whatever that means for all of us. Thanks for the opportunity to help serve you along the way.

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Start a Business in Idaho

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Starting a business in Idaho can and should be easier than you think. You file simple forms with the secretary of state, and your business is formed! Obviously there’s a few more things than that, but if you’d like to start your own business yourself, you will find it easy to hire us as your registered agent and you’ll find all the forms you could file to start a business in Idaho, along with great filing instructions on the quickest and cheapest ways to start your business in Idaho.

Corporate Guides

Our Corporate Guides® are Idaho incorporation experts. We will provide you:

  • Filed Idaho Articles
  • Idaho Corporate Bylaws
  • ID shareholder resolutions
  • ID corporate stock certificates

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We provide extra privacy for you with our address. You get ongoing support:

  • We’ll be your registered agent
  • ID corporate renewal reminders
  • Online corporate tools
  • Talk to a Corporate Guide® anytime

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How to Start a Business in Idaho


You file articles of incorporation for an Idaho corporation or articles of organization for an Idaho LLC with the ID Secretary of State.

Federal Tax ID

You obtain a federal tax ID number (FEIN or EIN) with the IRS after you have confirmation and filed articles from the State of Idaho showing your approved Idaho business.

Bank Account

Opening a business banking account under your new Idaho business name should be easy with these two items.

State Tax Commission

You register your Idaho LLC with the Idaho State Tax Commission or Idaho Department of Labor if you’re going to have employees or need to withhold sales tax.

Trade License

You obtain a trade license from Idaho Professional Licensing, if you actually need one. Most businesses don’t, but if you do, these quick links and contact details are in your online account.

Local License

Some local cities or counties have a general license, but most don’t.
You obtain a local trade license if the city or county you’re going to be working in requires it.


If you’re going to have an office or shop you might need an approval from the city zoning for your type of business in that location.

Get Going

If you get overwhelmed, just get your business pulling in money and worry about regulations later.

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If you want to start a business in Idaho yourself, you can just hire us as your Idaho registered agent, and you’ll instantly have the Idaho LLC or corporation forms to file along with filing instructions on the quickest, cheapest, and most efficient way to incorporate an Idaho corporation or form a Idaho LLC. You’ll get the ongoing support of our online tools, reminders and the support of a professional Idaho registered agent service.


If you want a corporation, you file Idaho Articles of Incorporation:

It will cost $100 to file the articles of incorporation with the ID Secretary of State. We custom draft your Idaho articles of incorporation.

The requirements for Idaho corporations are:

  • The Idaho Corporation must have a corporate ending such as INC, Incorporated, Corporation or a different variety.
  • The Idaho corporation name must be different than already registered Idaho corporations.
  • The number of shares the Idaho Corporation is authorized to issue.
  • The name and office address of the registered agent in Idaho.
  • The name, address, and signature of the incorporator(s).
  • You may include optional provisions.

Idaho does not require original signatures on new Idaho corporation filings. If you pay with a credit or debit card, there’s a $1 processing fee. When you file the articles, you provide an address where the state can send future notices.

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If you want a LLC, you file Idaho Articles of Organization:

To form an Idaho LLC, you file Idaho Articles of Organization with the ID Secretary of State. The Idaho LLC filing fee is $100 (plus $1 for credit card processing).

Idaho LLC filings require:

  • The business name must have a LLC ending or variation of it.
  • The Idaho company name must be different than already registered Idaho companies.
  • The effective date of the articles of organization may be when the articles are filed or you may specify a later date.
  • The Idaho LLC’s principal address.
  • The name and address of at least one member or manager.
  • The Idaho registered agent name and the physical address.
  • The Idaho organizers name, address, and signature.

Idaho does not require original signatures on new ID LLC filings. When you form your LLC, you provide an address where the state can send future notices.

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