You first name a registered agent when you file your articles of organization. This is the document you file to establish your LLC. Be sure your chosen registered agent consents to be appointed before you put their name on the form.
The articles of organization form asks for the name of the “initial registered agent.” It says “initial” because you are not locked into your choice forever. You can change your registered agent at any time—but be aware that you will need to file another form to do so.
You’ll also need to put your registered agent’s street address and county on the articles of organization form. A physical street address in North Carolina is required.
You can also provide a mailing address (that also must be in North Carolina), but that’s optional. Use a mailing address only if mail is not delivered to the registered agent’s street address or if the agent prefers to get mail in a P.O. box or P.O. drawer. Even if your agent uses a P.O. box, you must still provide the physical street address of the agent on the articles of organization.
Your articles of organization is also the document in which you select a name for your business and provide the names, addresses, and signatures of all your LLC’s members and organizers. When the form is completely filled out, file it with the North Carolina Secretary of State.
You can fill out and submit the articles of organization online, or you can send the form by mail. Either way, the filing fee is $125.
To file online, you’ll need to create an account with the North Carolina Secretary of State if you don’t already have one. This is simple: You just need to provide your name, business name, and contact information. Once you have an account, sign in to access the Secretary of State’s online business registration services.
To file the Articles of Organization by mail, go to the North Carolina Secretary of State’s business registration page, and select “Limited Liability Companies” in the box under “For Which Forms.” Download the PDF form, fill it out, and mail it with a $125 check payable to “NC Secretary of State” to cover the filing fee to:
North Carolina Secretary of State
Business Registration Division
P.O. Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622
You could also bring the filled-out articles of organization in person to the Secretary of State’s office (located at 2 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601), across from the State Capitol Building. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on state holidays.