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Forming an LLC in Vermont

Limited liability companies (LLCs) are a popular business structure for small business owners. This is mainly because they combine the best aspect of a sole proprietorship/general partnership with that of a corporation, but are easier to form (and maintain) than a corporation. Although governed by each state's laws, starting an LLC requires filing documents with the appropriate state government agency.

Requirements for Forming an LLC in Vermont

In order to start an LLC in Vermont, you'll need to file articles of organization with the Vermont Secretary of State. The articles of organization must include the following information:

  • The company's name;
  • The address of the initial office;
  • The name and [street] address of the registered agent;
  • The name and address of each organizer;
  • If there are no members at the time of filing, a statement to that effect; and
  • Whether the company is a low-profit LLC.

The articles of organization can also include provisions that are permitted to be included in an operating agreement as well as other matters that are in compliance with applicable laws.

For your convenience, FindLaw offers a Vermont LLC Formation Package, with the forms you'll need to start your LLC in the state.

Forming an LLC in Vermont at a Glance

In the following chart, you can find the general steps for starting an LLC in Vermont as well as links to relevant statutes and the government agency responsible for regulating business entities in the state.

Statute(s) Vermont Statutes, Title 11, Chapter 25, Section 4001, et seq. (Limited Liability Companies)
Step-by-Step Process of Forming an LLC

Forming an LLC in Vermont requires taking the following steps:

  1. Choose a name that indicates it's a limited liability company* and isn't taken by another business entity operating in the state.
  2. File the articles of organization with Vermont Secretary of State and pay the required filing fee.
  3. Appoint a registered agent, which will be the person or business who accepts service of process if a lawsuit is filed against the LLC.
  4. Comply with applicable Vermont business tax requirements.

*The name must include: Limited Liability Company, Limited Company, LLC, Ltd Liability Co, LC, or Ltd Co. If it's a professional LLC, the name must start with "Professional" or be abbreviated as PLC, and a low-profit LLC must end with L3C.

State Agency in Charge of LLC Formation

The Vermont Secretary of State is the government entity in charge of business organizations in the state.

Related Statute(s)

Vermont Statutes:

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Forming an LLC in Vermont: Related Resources

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