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 Washington LLC
At BizFilings, we clearly outlines our fees and the Washington state fees. When you view our pricing to form an LLC you plainly see:
Form a Washington LLC Incorporation Options
- 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 Washington 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 Certificate of Formation.
The LLC name must end with "Limited Liability Company," "LLC" or "L.L.C." The name must not imply a purpose other than the purpose stated in the Certificate of Formation. It must be distinguishable from the name of any other domestic LLC or of any foreign corporation authorized to do business in state. The words "Bank," "Loan" and "Home Loan" require approval from the Department of Financial Institutions. The word "Trust" cannot be used in a name. Use of the word "Co-Operative" is restricted.
The following are Washington’s requirements for the members/managers of LLCs:
- Minimum number. LLCs must have one or more members/managers.
- Residence requirements. Washington does not have a provision specifying where members/managers must reside.
- Age requirements. Washington does not have age requirements.
- Inclusion in the Certificate of Formation. Member/Manager names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Certificate of Formation.
Requirements for the Certificate of Formation
The document required to form an LLC in Washington is called the Certificate of Formation. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Washington's requirements include:
Washington Registered Agent Service
- Registered agent. LLCs must list the name and address of a registered agent with a physical address (no post office boxes) in Washington. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
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. Washington requires the following:
- Initial report. Washington requires LLCs to file an initial report within 120 days of incorporation.
Professional services businesses
Washington allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, to form a professional limited liability company (PLLC).
Additional Washington information
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