Alaska LLC add member

Last updated on November 15, 2022

For an LLC in Alaska, you may need to add your spouse or a business partner to grow your team. This can be done by updating your Secretary of State. Read about how to add a new member to an Alaska LLC.

What is an LLC?

Limited Liability Company

LLC is a business entity in the U.S that provides limited liability to its members. It has characteristics from both corporation and sole proprietorship. LLCs are permitted under State statutes of each US state.

Limited liability

Personal assets are protected for people with limited liability when they are sued.


A business entity that can issue shares and give limited liability to shareholders.


Owners of an LLC are referred to as members. They own membership interest in the LLC.

Sole proprietorship

Where an individual engages in business activity without formal organization.

Types of LLC

Depends on the number of members and whether it has elected to change its IRS classification.

Single-member LLC

Has only a single member. IRS considers it as a sole proprietorship for tax purposes.

LLC as C-corp

Owners of an LLC are referred to as members. They own membership interest in the LLC.

Multi-member LLC

Has two members. IRS considers it as a partnership for tax purposes.

LLC as S-corp

A special election for a maximum of 100 US shareholders.


Here are step-by-step instructions:

How to add an Alaska LLC member?

Follow these 7 steps:

1. Check your operating agreement

If you have an operating agreement, check the procedure for adding a new member. Follow the voting and transfer procedures accordingly.

2. Default Alaska provisions

If you do not have an operating agreement, you will have to follow Alaska’s default rules as mentioned in Alaska Statute § 10.50.155

According to the default provisions, all the existing members of the LLC must give written consent to add a new member.

3. File Biennial Report

If your Biennial Report is due, you can mention the changes in the members to update state authorities.

4. File Form 08-491 Notice of Change of Officials

In between the biennial reporting periods, if you need to change members or managers, submit Form 08-491 to the Secretary of State via mail or fax.


State of Alaska,

Corporations Section,

PO Box 110806, Juneau,

AK 99811-0806

This Notice of Change of Officials will not be filed if the LLC's biennial report is not current.

5. Get EIN if necessary

Some single-member LLCs don’t require an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS. If you were one of these, now you will require one after you add a new member. If you already had one, you don’t have to do anything now

6. Update the Responsible party with IRS

If you want the new member to be the responsible party with the IRS, then you have to file Form 8822-B with the IRS within 60 days of the change. However, if you’re not changing the responsible party, you don’t have to file this.

Notify within

60 days

7. Update your operating agreement

Amend your operating agreement to include the names and details of the new member.

Certificate of Formation

In Alaska, Articles of Organization is the form you file with the Secretary of State to form an LLC. It contains the articles of formation for the LLC.

Filing Articles of Organization

There are a couple of ways to file.

  • File it online on Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development website


  • Mail a form to the state department



State of Alaska Corporations Section

P.O. Box 110806

Juneau, AK 99811

Online & mailing fee


Online & mailing processing time

10 - 15 days

Operating agreement

Operating agreement is an internal business document that outlines the general rules and policies of the LLC.


It is not a legally mandatory document. However, it is recommended to have one since many courts, banks and financial institutions use it for verification. It is also nice to clearly outline the duties and relations between multiple members of an LLC—so you avoid any confusion in the future.


There is no ‘required’ format for an operating agreement. You can include anything reasonable in it. In general, it has the following sections:

Basic Business information

Contains name, address, names and details of members, purpose

Member relationship

Contains membership interest, decision making process, powers, duties.

Membership transfer

Contains details on how to add or remove members and managers.

Accounting and tax

Contains details on how company records and distributions are maintained.


How to dissolve, wind up and terminate, due process to follow and exceptions.

Entity name

Every LLC should have a unique name in Alaska. Alaska maintains a list of names of entities in the state. Go through it to check if your chosen name is available.

Search for names

Go to the official website of the Alaska corporations database tool to see if the name you want is available.

Searching fee



You can reserve a name for your LLC for a specific duration by paying reservation fees to the Alaska division of corporations, business & professional licensing. You will have to file your LLC formation documents within this period to keep the name. Alternatively, you can directly go ahead with the LLC formation without any reservation. That's fine too.

Reservation fee


Reservation period

120 days

LLC naming guidelines

The name you choose for your LLC must the official naming guidelines.

Here are some of the guidelines in simple language:

  • 1

    Must contain the words "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.," or "LLC". The word "limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.," and the word "company" may be abbreviated as "Co."

  • 2

    Don’t include terms that indicate that you are doing an activity that you are not authorised to do.

  • 3

    Your name should be ‘distinguishable’ in the Secretary of State records. Adding a punctuation or ‘the’ does not make it distinguishable.

  • 4

    Don’t use words that makes it seems like you are a governmental entity or has an affiliation.

Frequently asked questions

Business entities in Alaska

LLC is a flexible choice for small businesses in Alaska. However, in order to add more investors and external shareholders, C-corporations are better suited than LLCs.

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