How Much Does Starting a Louisiana LLC Cost?

Legal business registration — and keeping your business in good standing — involves some necessary expenses. Some of these costs are payable to the Louisiana Secretary of State (SOS), while others are due to the federal or other state government entity. We’ve summarized some of the most common requirements and fees here.

Note that Louisiana business license and permit fees may need to be paid when you first form your business, on an ongoing schedule or on an ad hoc basis. Find more details below.

Initial Louisiana LLC Fees

When you first start your business, you’ll need to file as an LLC with the Secretary of State and pay a filing fee. Here are the current Louisiana LLC fees and filing times:

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$105* 20 Weeks 8 Business Days

* includes online processing fees

When you form through Incfile, we collect this fee from you and forward it to the Louisiana SOS when we file your formation paperwork.

Incfile can file your formation paperwork for you for free.

Just pay the Louisiana LLC filing fee.

Louisiana allows you to form your LLC more quickly by paying a rush fee.

Employer Identification Number

Every LLC in the U.S. should have a unique Employer Identification Number (EIN). This is provided by the Internal Revenue Service, and you use it when you file taxes, open a business bank account and pay employees. You can get one yourself at no cost from the IRS, or have Incfile do it for you.

Foreign LLCs

When you want to do business in a state other than the one where your business is based, you must create a foreign LLC.

Louisiana Foreign LLC Registration

Before you can bring an extension of your business from another state into Louisiana, you must request Louisiana Foreign Qualification. This means the state gives you permission to conduct business there.

To request registration of a Louisiana Foreign LLC, you must complete an Application for Authority to Transact Business in Louisiana and pay a $150 filing fee. The state may have additional requirements so contact the Louisiana SOS for more information.

Foreign Qualification to Operate in Another State

If you plan to expand your Louisiana LLC into another state, you’ll first need Foreign Qualification or a Certificate of Authority from that state. This is necessary if you'll have a physical presence, employees or banking in that state.

This process will likely entail completing an application and paying a filing fee, but each state has its own requirements. Before you move forward, compare state filing times and state filing fees so you can plan accordingly. Contact the state government entity that administers business (usually the Secretary of State) to confirm their requirements and for specific instructions.

If you need assistance, Incfile provides complete Foreign Qualification service for all states.

Annual Report Requirements

Most states — including Louisiana — require businesses to file an annual (or other periodic) report with the Secretary of State. When you file your annual report, you’ll need to pay a fee of $30. Here are the Louisiana annual report filing requirements:

Annual Report and Business License fees

Frequency:

Annually

Due Dates:

On or before 1st day of anniversary month of organization

LLC:

$30

Incfile can also complete and file your Louisiana annual report on your behalf.

Louisiana Business License and Permit Requirements

As a business owner,you must ensure you have the proper state, federal or local business licenses to operate your LLC. Some of the associated fees only need to be paid once, while others are ongoing charges.

Permits and licenses vary based on:

1

The industry your LLC operates in (e.g., restaurants will need health permits)

2

The location of your LLC (county or city) (e.g., a license to conduct business from the city of Baton Rouge)

3

The type of business you run (e.g., healthcare providers must meet HIPAA requirements)

Remember that operating your business without the required licenses can expose you to risks and fines from federal, state and local governments.

You can research these permits and licenses yourself or use Incfile’s Business License Research package, which includes:

  • A complete report on all the licenses, permits and tax registrations your LLC will need
  • The application forms you will need to file with the state, regional and federal licensing authorities

Operating Agreements

The state doesn't require you to have a Louisiana LLC Operating Agreement in place.

An Operating Agreement is a document that covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key areas.

This document can be extremely helpful in making sure you’re organized and prepared for any future events that may affect your business.

Incfile can draft a general Operating Agreement template when you form your business.

You can make changes to the template later based on your specific requirements and preferences.

Other Potential Louisiana LLC Fees or Requirements

There are several other fees or requirements that you may need to pay or meet during the life of your LLC. These ad hoc fees will only be payable in specific circumstances, which we’ve listed below.

Obtaining a Trade Name or DBA

If you want to establish a Louisiana DBA (trade name), you must file a form with the Secretary of State. You’ll need to pay a filing fee of $75.

Incfile can file your Trade Name or DBA forms on your behalf.

Changing the Registered Agent

You must appoint a Louisiana Registered Agent when you file your Articles of Organization. You can also switch to a new Registered Agent later by filing a form and paying a $25 fee.

Choose Incfile to serve as your Registered Agent.

It’s free for the first year if you form your LLC with us, and $119 a year after.

Reserving a Name for Your LLC

If you don’t want to form your LLC right away, you can reserve a business name for 120 days with the Louisiana SOS for a fee of $25. First, perform a Louisiana business search and learn about rules pertaining to business names to ensure the name you choose meets all state requirements.

Amending Certain Facts About Your LLC

Your business formation documents state certain facts about your Louisiana business when it's formed. Over time, these facts may change. If they do, you need to file Articles of Amendment on the GeauxBIZ website and pay a $100 fee. You can do this yourself or have Incfile complete the filing on your behalf.

You may want to file Articles of Amendment when you:

  • Add, remove or change an LLC member or manager
  • Change the business address of your LLC
  • Alter the stated business activities of your LLC

Getting a Louisiana Certificate of Good Standing

Some organizations will request that you prove your LLC’s compliance with laws and tax requirements. If you need to prove you have met your commitments, you’ll need a Certificate of Good Standing from the Louisiana SOS. You can order one online for a $20 fee.

Incfile can obtain a Louisiana Certificate of Good Standing on your behalf.

The fees listed above detail many of the charges a standard LLC will be required to pay in Louisiana. In some unusual circumstances, there may be other one-off, periodic or ad hoc fees not listed above.

Of course, your LLC will also likely need to pay self-employment, payroll, federal, state and sales taxes. More information about taxes can be found on the Louisiana Business Taxes page.

FAQs About Louisiana LLC Fees

What Happens to the State Fees I'm Charged When Forming My LLC?

We charge you this fee at cost and then pay the fee to the Secretary of State on your behalf when forming your Louisiana business.

Where Do I Get Business Licenses and Permits for My LLC?

It depends on various factors, including:

  • The type of business you run
  • Where you're located
  • Governing organizations in your industry
  • Federal, state and local regulations

Many new businesses need a business license, and you may be required to have additional licenses and permits. Our Business License Research package can take the guesswork out of it for you and help you learn what your LLC needs to be compliant.

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