South Dakota LLC Annual Report

Last updated on November 28, 2022

LLCs formed in South Dakota need to file this report with the South Dakota 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 South Dakota 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?

South Dakota LLC Annual Report

An annual report is used to keep an LLC’s contact information up-to-date and to keep your LLC in compliance and in good standing with the state of South Dakota.

Filed every year

Each and every LLCs formed in South Dakota must file this report every year.

Update your business information

The annual report is primarily used to update business data such as the Registered agent address and Names and addresses of LLC officials (i.e., members, managers, directors, or officers). However, Registered agent changes require a separate filing.

File Online or via mail

Annual report can be filed either online or by mail.

Change in Business Address

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

South Dakota actions

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

How to file Annual Report in South Dakota ?

Follow these steps:

1. Visit official website

Every South Dakota LLC is required to file an annual report each year. Your South Dakota LLC Annual Report is due annually by the first day of your LLC’s anniversary month.



Head over to South Dakota's official website to file this report.

Filing fee


The Annual report must be postmarked, complete and compliant, before the first day of your LLC’s anniversary month to avoid any issues.

LLC Annual Report

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

Filing Annual Report

South Dakota LLC is expected to file this report annually

  • File it online on South Dakota Secretary of State website


Online fee


Online processing time


Failure to pay

South Dakota has a $50 penalty for failure to file on time. In addition, South Dakota can revoke an LLC’s business registration after 60 days for failure to file an annual report.

Articles of Organization

In South Dakota, 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 State of South Dakota website


  • Mail a form to the state department



Secretary of State Office

500 E Capitol Ave

Pierre, SD 57501

Online fee


Online processing time


Mailing fee


Mail processing time

1 - 2 days

Entity name

Every LLC should have a unique name in South Dakota. South Dakota 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 Dakota business information 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 Dakota 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

120 days

LLC naming guidelines

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

  • South Dakota Codified Laws §47-34A-105


Here are some of the guidelines in simple language:

  • 1

    Must contain, 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 Dakota

It is very important to maintain full compliance in South Dakota. 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 South Dakota.

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