The articles of organization provide the Secretary of State’s office with the information it needs to create your new business. It is the most important document in the LLC formation process. Without it, you cannot create a business entity.
Every state requires articles of organization to create an LLC, although the exact name of the document may vary based on the state. The information provided in the articles of organization enables the state to confirm that you have met all of the legal requirements to set up a business entity.
When you file your articles of organization, you must pay a $150 fee to the Illinois Secretary of State. If you have already formed an LLC in another state, you may register it to do business in Illinois by filing an Application for Admission to Transact Business, which also requires payment of a $150 fee. If your LLC has the ability to create a series of affiliated LLCs, the filing fee for either document is $400.
You may pay an additional $100 with either filing for expedited service. This fee shortens the processing time to one business day.