South Carolina LLC Annual Report

Last updated on November 28, 2022

LLCs formed in South Carolina do not need to file an annual report with the state. Only Corporations are required to file an annual report.

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.

South Carolina actions

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

How to file annual report in South Carolina?

Check the steps below:

1. No need to file an annual report

South Carolina LLCs are not required to file an annual report unless they elect S-corp taxation.

LLC Annual Report

LLCs do not have to file annual reports in South Carolina.

Articles of Organization

In South Carolina, 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 South Carolina Secretary of State website


  • Mail a form to the state department



South Carolina Secretary of State's Office

Attn: Corporate Fillings

1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525

Columbia, SC 29201

Online fee


Online processing time

24 hours

Mailing fee


Mail processing time

5 - 7 days

Entity name

Every LLC should have a unique name in South Carolina. South Carolina 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 South Carolina business name 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 South Carolina business entities. 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.

  • South Carolina Code of Laws &sect33-44-105


Here are some of the guidelines in simple language:

  • 1

    Must contain the words 'limited liability company' or 'limited company' or the abbreviation 'L.L.C.', 'LLC', 'L.C.', or 'LC'. 'Limited' may be abbreviated as 'Ltd.', and '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

LLC annual report in South Carolina

It is very important to maintain full compliance in South Carolina. Even though LLCs do not have to file an annual report. Other entities in the state may have to file them.

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