How to Get a Small Business License in North Carolina


North Carolina doesn’t require you to have a general state business license for your LLC. However, you may need more specialized state licenses or permits if you engage in certain types of businesses. You may also need local licenses or permits for your LLC from your county, city, town, or village and, in some cases, federal licenses and permits as well.

First, you need to form your North Carolina LLC. You can do this in just a few steps: 

Select a legal name for your business and an optional assumed business name. File a form called “Articles of Organization” with the state. Choose a registered agent, create an operating agreement, and apply for an EIN, if needed. 

After your LLC is set up and your business is official, you can take the next step: Applying for all the required licenses and permits from state, local, and federal governments.