Illinois LLC Annual Report

Last updated on November 28, 2022

LLCs formed in Illinois need to file this report with the Illinois Secretary of State each and every year. i.e., annually. Read about how to file this report.

File report online

Visit the official state government’s website to submit annual report online.

Visit Illinois official website
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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.

Why file the report?

Illinois LLC Annual Report

Annual Report is used to keep your business records up to date with the State of Illinois.

Filed every year

All LLCs formed in Illinois must file this report every year.

LLC Officials Information

Annual Report is mainly used to update the business information such as names and addresses of LLC members or managers.

File Online or by Mail

Annual report can only be filed online or by mail.

Change in address

You can also change your Principal business address by updating it on the annual report when it is due.

Illinois actions

Here are some of the actions business owners can take in Illinois:

How to file Annual Report in Illinois?

Follow these steps:

1. Visit official website

Every Illinois LLC is required to file an annual report each year. Your Illinois LLC Annual Report is due before the first day of your LLC’s anniversary month. If your LLC was established on July 15, 2022, July is the month that marks your anniversary. As a result, your LLC's Annual Report is due before July 1st 2023 the following year.



Head over to Illinois's official website to file this report.

Filing fee


The deadline to file before it's too late is the day before the first day of your anniversary month. It is the only way to avoid late fees.

LLC Annual Report

Every LLC has to file this report in Illinois to stay compliant with the state laws.

Filing Annual Report

Illinois LLC is expected to file this report annually

  • File it online on Illinois Secretary of State website


  • Mail a form to Illinois Secretary of State website



Department of Business Services

Limited Liability Division

501 S. Second St., Rm. 351

Springfield, IL 62756

Online fee


Mailing fee


Expedited fee


Failure to pay

Illinois charges a late fee of $75 by mail and $125 online. In addition, LLCs will be dissolved after 180 days for failure to file an annual report.


Report is due annually by the end of the month prior to the registration anniversary month. So if you formed or foreign-qualified on February 16th, then your annual report is due January 31

Articles of Organization

In Illinois, 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 website


  • Mail a form to the state department



Department of Business Services

Limited Liability Division

501 S. Second St., Rm. 351

Springfield, IL 62746

Online fee


Online processing time

10 days

Mailing fee


Mail processing time

10 days

Entity name

Every LLC should have a unique name in Illinois. Illinois 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 Illinois corporation & llc search 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 Illinois business services. 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

90 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

    Shall contain the terms "limited liability company", "L.L.C.", or "LLC".

  • 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

LLC Annual Report in Illinois

It is very important to maintain full compliance in Illinois. Filing these reports helps you protect your personal assets by maintaining limited liability and also to be in good standing with the state. Read our guides to learn how to start and manage a business in Illinois.

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