How Much Does Starting a Wyoming LLC Cost?

Registering your business legally and keeping it in good standing involves some expenses. Some are payable to the WY Secretary of State, while others are due to the federal government or other state government entity. We’ve summarized the most common requirements and fees here.

Note that Wyoming business license or 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 Wyoming LLC Fees

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

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$102* 5 Business Days 1 Business Day

*includes online processing fees

When you form through Incfile, we charge you this fee and automatically forward it to the WY Secretary of State when we file your formation paperwork.

Incfile can file your formation paperwork for you for free

just pay the Wyoming LLC filing fee.

Wyoming 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). It's provided by the Internal Revenue Service, and you use it when you file taxes, open a business bank account and pay employees. You can secure one for yourself from the IRS at no cost 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.

Wyoming Foreign LLC Registration

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

To request registration of a Wyoming Foreign LLC, you must complete a Foreign Limited Liability Company Application for Certificate of Authority form and pay a $100 filing fee. The state may have additional requirements so contact the WY Secretary of State for more information.

Foreign Qualification to Operate in Another State

If you plan to expand your Wyoming 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.

Creating a Foreign LLC in another state will probably mean completing applications and paying filing fees, but each state has its own specific requirements. Before you start the process, 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 Wyoming — require businesses to file an annual (or other periodic) report with their Secretary of State. When you file your annual report, you’ll need to pay a fee of $52 ($50 + $2 electronic filing fee). Here are the Wyoming annual report filing requirements:

Annual Report

Frequency

Annually

Due

On or before 1st day of anniversary month of organization

Filling Fee

$52*

*includes $2 electronic filing fee

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

Wyoming Business License and Permit Requirements

As a business owner, you must make sure 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 in the city of Cheyenne)

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

You are not required to have a Wyoming LLC Operating Agreement. However, if you choose to register your business as a Wyoming Close LLC, there are other restrictions, outlined below.

An Operating Agreement covers how managers and members are chosen, the rights and duties of those members, how the business will be run 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.

If you have a Close LLC, you’re required to have an outline of how the company will operate clearly explained in the Operating Agreement. If you skip this step, the Close LLC will be filed in the default LLC status. More information on requirements for your Wyoming Close LLC Operating Agreement can be found in Wyoming law.

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

You can make changes to the template based on your unique requirements.

Other Potential LLC Fees or Requirements in Wyoming

You may need to pay several fees or meet other requirements 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 Wyoming DBA (trade name), you must file a form with the Secretary of State and pay a filing fee of $100.

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

Changing the Registered Agent

Your LLC needs a Wyoming Registered Agent, which you must appoint when you file your Articles of Organization. You can also switch to a new Registered Agent later at no charge by filing a form.

Have Incfile serve as your Registered Agent.

It’s free for the first year if you form your business 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 WY Secretary of State for a fee of $50.

Amending Certain Facts About Your LLC

Your business formation documents state certain facts about your Wyoming business when it was originally formed. Over time, these facts may change. If they do, you need to file an Amendment to Articles of Organization form with the WY Secretary of State and pay a $50 fee. You can do this yourself or have Incfile complete the filing on your behalf.

You may want to file an Amendment to Articles
or Organization when you:
  • Add, change or remove an LLC member or manager
  • Change the stated business activities of your LLC
  • Edit the business address of your LLC

Getting a Wyoming 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 WY Secretary of State.

Incfile can obtain a Wyoming certificate of good standing on your behalf.

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

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

FAQs About Wyoming 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 Wyoming 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 your business is located
  • Governing organizations in your industry
  • Local, state and federal 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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