Tennessee LLC Formation

Each state has different requirements for forming a limited liability company (LLC). Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you'll want to understand the state requirements for LLC formation.

Cost to form a Tennessee LLC

At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the Tennessee state fees. When you view our pricing to form an LLC you plainly see:

  • BizFilings’ package prices. BizFilings offers three incorporation service packages from which you can choose.
  • State fee for standard turn-around. Our pricing clearly shows the state fee to incorporate in Tennessee with standard turn-around.
  • Expedited turn-around. You will see the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
  • Certified copy. Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Articles of Organization.
Form a Tennessee LLC    Incorporation Options

LLC name

The LLC name must end with "Limited Liability Company," "LLC" or "L.L.C." It must be distinguishable in the Secretary of State's records from any LLC or assumed name of a domestic or qualified foreign LLC, a reserved or registered name under Tennessee law, or the name of a limited partnership or limited liability company. Use of the words "Bank," "Credit Union," "Mortgage" and "Trust" requires approval by the Department of Financial Institutions.

Member/Manager information

The following are Tennessee’s requirements for the members/managers of LLCs:

  • Minimum number. LLCs must have one or more members/managers.
  • Residence requirements. Tennessee does not have a provision specifying where members/managers must reside.
  • Age requirements. Tennessee does not have age requirements.
  • Inclusion in the Articles of Organization. Member/Manager names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Organization.

Requirements for the Articles of Organization

The document required to form an LLC in Tennessee is called the Articles of Organization. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Tennessee's requirements include:

  • Registered agent. LLCs must list the name and address of a registered agent with a physical address (no post office boxes) in Tennessee. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.

Tennessee Registered Agent Service

Other filings required at time of incorporation

Some states require additional filings or steps at the time of incorporation, such as a county level filing, publishing notice of the LLC formation in a local newspaper or an initial report filing. Tennessee requires the following:

  • County filing. If the LLC’s principal office is in Tennessee, a copy of the Articles of Organization must be filed with that county’s government. If the principal office is not in Tennessee, no county filing is required.

Professional services businesses

Tennessee allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional limited liability company (PLLC).

Additional Tennessee information

View the following additional resources BizFilings has for forming and maintaining companies in Tennessee: