Virginia LLC Requirements

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 Virginia LLC

At BizFilings, we clearly outline our fees and the Virginia 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 Virginia with standard turn-around.
  • Expedited turn-around. You will see the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for expedited turn-around.
  • 48-hour turn-around. Virginia has a 48-hour filing option, which is outlined in our pricing. Note that expedited filing will not be possible in Virginia from Nov. 22 through Dec. 16 as the State Corporation Commission is updating its website. Please choose standard filing at checkout.
  • Certified copy. Our pricing also clearly displays the BizFilings and state fee, if any, for issuing a Certified Copy of the Articles of Organization.

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LLC Name

The LLC name must end with "Limited Liability Company," "Limited Company," "Ltd. Co.," "LC," "LLC" or "L.L.C." The name cannot use words in parentheses. The name shall not contain any prohibited word or phrase implying the company is organized for any purpose other than that stated in the Articles of Organization. The name may not be confusingly similar to that of any domestic or foreign qualified LLC.

Member/Manager information

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

  • Minimum number. LLCs must have one or more members/managers.
  • Residence requirements. Virginia does not have a provision specifying where members/managers must reside.
  • Age requirements. Virginia 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 Virginia is called the Articles of Organization. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Virginia'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 Virginia. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
Virginia Registered Agent Service

Professional services businesses

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

After forming a limited liability company (LLC) , you must undertake certain steps on an ongoing basis to keep your business in compliance. These steps are also important in preserving the limited liability an LLC provides its owner(s). This guide outlines the ongoing requirements for Virginia LLCs.

LLC taxes and fees

The following are taxation requirements for Virginia LLCs:

  • Annual report. Virginia requires LLCs to file an annual report by the last day of the anniversary month the business was registered.
  • Taxes. For complete details on state taxes for Virginia LLCs, visit Business Owner's Toolkit or the State of Virginia .
  • Federal tax identification number (EIN). An EIN is required for LLCs that will have employees. Additionally, most banks require an EIN in order to open a business bank account.
  • State tax identification number. Virginia requires a state tax identification number.

Business licenses

Business licenses and/or permits are required for most businesses. The BizFilings Business License Application Package can help you stay on top of these requirements.

Additional Virginia information

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

State Guides

The state in which you form your company can provide certain benefits.

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