Virginia LLC Annual Registration
LLCs formed in Virginia need to file this registration with the Virginia Secretary of State each and every year. i.e., annually. Read about how to file this registration.
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.
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.
Where an individual engages in business activity without formal organization.
Why file the report?
Virginia LLC Annual Registration
An annual registration fee is a payment to verify that your LLC information is up to date and to keep your business in good standing with the State of Virginia.
Filed every year
Each and every LLCs formed in Virginia must pay this registration fee every year.
No annual reports for LLC
This annual registration is different from the Virginia annual report, which is only for corporations. LLC are exempted from filing annual reports.
Annual registration can only be paid online.
Here are some of the actions business owners can take in Virginia:
How to file Annual Registration in Virginia?
Follow these steps:
1. Visit official website
Every Virginia LLC is required to file an annual registration each year. Your Virginia LLC Annual Report is due annually by the end of your LLC’s anniversary month.
Head over to Virginia's official website to file this report.
The Annual Registration must be postmarked, complete and compliant, before the end of your LLC’s anniversary month to avoid late fees.
LLC Annual Registration
Every LLC has to file this report in Virginia to stay compliant with the state laws.
Filing Annual Registration
Virginia LLC is expected to file this report annually
File it online on Virginia Corporation Commission website
Failure to pay
Your LLC will be charged a $25 late fee if you miss your filing deadline. The state will also dissolve your LLC after three months not filing your annual registration.
Articles of Organization
In Virginia, 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 Virginia State Corporation Commission website
Mail a form to the state department
State Corporation Commission
P.O. Box 1197
Richmond, VA 23218-1197
Online processing time
Mail processing time
Every LLC should have a unique name in Virginia. Virginia 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 Virginia business entity search tool to see if the name you want is available.
You can reserve a name for your LLC for a specific duration by paying reservation fees to the Virginia state corporation commission. 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.
LLC naming guidelines
The name you choose for your LLC must the official naming guidelines.
Code of Virginia §13.1-1012
Here are some of the guidelines in simple language:
Shall contain the words "limited company" or "limited liability company" or their abbreviations "L.C.," "LC," "L.L.C.," or "LLC."
Don’t include terms that indicate that you are doing an activity that you are not authorised to do.
Your name should be ‘distinguishable’ in the Secretary of State records. Adding a punctuation or ‘the’ does not make it distinguishable.
Don’t use words that makes it seems like you are a governmental entity or has an affiliation.
Frequently asked questions
LLC Annual Registration in Virginia
It is very important to maintain full compliance in Virginia. 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 Virginia.
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