Virginia LLC Annual Registration

Last updated on November 23, 2022

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.

File registration online

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

Visit Virginia 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?

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.

Pay Online

Annual registration can only be paid online.

Virginia actions

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.

Filing fee


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


Online fee


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

Clerk's Office

P.O. Box 1197

Richmond, VA 23218-1197

Online fee


Online processing time


Mailing fee


Mail processing time

7 days

Entity name

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.

Searching fee



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.

Reservation fee


Reservation period

120 days

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:

  • 1

    Shall contain the words "limited company" or "limited liability company" or their abbreviations "L.C.," "LC," "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 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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