Start an LLC in New Hampshire
Starting a New Hampshire LLC begins with filing a Certificate of Formation with New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Corporation Division. To be fully functional, many LLCs will then need an operating agreement, federal tax ID, licenses and a business bank account. Below are the most common first steps to launching your New Hampshire LLC.
- Submit your New Hampshire LLC Certificate of Formation
- Create a New Hampshire LLC operating agreement
- Obtain a federal tax ID
- Apply for state and county permits and licenses
- Open a New Hampshire LLC bank account
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How to File
New Hampshire LLC Certificate of Formation
To file a New Hampshire LLC Certificate of Formation, you’ll need to provide some basic information about your company, which is described in detail below.
- NAME OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
New Hampshire Statute §304-C:32 requires LLCs to include the word “Limited Liability Company” or its abbreviation (L.L.C. or LLC). You can check for availability using New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Business Search.
- PRINCIPAL BUSINESS INFORMATION
Principal business information includes:
Principal Office Address (main business office)
Principal Mailing Address (if different)
Business Phone (optional)
Business Email (required for online filings)
Your principal office doesn’t have to be located in New Hampshire, but it does need to be a street address. You aren’t required to include a phone number and doing so could make you a target for telemarketers.
- PRINCIPAL PURPOSE
Your company’s primary business or purpose is its main business activity. You must be specific; you can’t just put a general purpose like “to pursue lawful business in New Hampshire.” For example, your specific purpose might be “Thai restaurant” or “cosmetics manufacturing.”
You may also add a NAICS code. North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes are six-digit numbers used to classify business activity. For online filings, the system requests a NAICS code. (If you can’t find an appropriate code from the drop-down menu, just choose “Other” and write in your purpose.)
- REGISTERED AGENT
A New Hampshire registered agent accepts service of process and official notifications on behalf of your LLC. You can enter a name and address for an individual (such as yourself) or a business (such as a commercial registered agent service).
In general, it’s a good idea to keep personal information to a minimum on public documents like Articles of Incorporation. One of the biggest advantages of using a commercial registered agent service (like us!) is that listing our address can mean less of your own personal information is on display.
At New Hampshire Registered Agent LLC, we offer expert commercial registered agent service for just $49 a year, with renewals always at the same low price.
Your New Hampshire LLC can be managed either by the members themselves or by managers. The majority of LLCs are managed by members.
Paper filings: Use “is” or “is not” to complete the following sentence: “The management of the limited liability company ____ vested in a manager or managers.”
Online: Next to “Management style,” select either “Member-Managed” or “Manager-Managed” from the drop-down box.
If you’re filing online, you’ll also have the option to choose the duration for your LLC. Duration is how long you want your New Hampshire LLC to exist. There are two choices:
Perpetual (this means your LLC will continue unless dissolved)
Term Date (you can select a date for your LLC to cease existence)
Submit Your New Hampshire LLC Certificate of Formation
To submit your New Hampshire LLC Certificate of Formation online, you’ll need to create a New Hampshire Secretary of State QuickStart account.
Create a QuickStart Account
- Visit the QuickStart home page and click “Create a Free User Account.”
- Enter your name, address, phone number and email address, and click “Continue.”
- Create a User ID and password. You’ll also need to select a security question and provide an answer. Click “Create My Account.”
Sign In and Complete the Certificate of Formation
- Sign in to your account and choose “Business Services” and “Create a Business Online.”
- Select “I am creating a new Domestic Business.”
- Under “Business Type,” choose “Limited Liability Company.”
- Provide the information required to complete your New Hampshire LLC Certificate of Formation.
Submit and Pay
Filing fee: $102 ($100 + $2 online service fee)
Payment options: credit card (MasterCard, Visa and Discover) or ACH account
Processing time: average of 2 days
Download and complete the New Hampshire Certificate of Formation from the Secretary of State’s Corporation Division. Mail the form along with the filing fee.
Filing fee: $100
Payment options: check or money order
Processing time: average of 1-3 weeks
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Our Formation Services
We believe forming a New Hampshire LLC should be hassle-free. We ask you a few simple questions and then form and file your Articles. No hidden fees. No mystery charges. Just everything you need to start your LLC—from the documents you need to open a bank account to a full year of our premium registered agent service.
What We Offer
- 1-Year Registered Agent Service
- Instant Access to Services Through Our Secure Online Portal
- Electronic Delivery of Your Documents
- Expert Customer Service Support
- Annual Report Reminders and Compliance Notifications
- Address Privacy—Our Address on Public Records (Not Yours)
- Custom Documents: Operating Agreement, Membership Certificates, Initial Resolutions and More!
What We Charge
New Hampshire Filing Fees
Our Formation Service Fee
One Year Registered Agent Service
FAQ for New Hampshire LLCs
Why Do I Need a Registered Agent?
New Hampshire Statute §304-C:36 requires LLCs to have and maintain a registered agent. The state needs a reliable channel of communication with your LLC. Hiring a commercial registered has other advantages as well. At New Hampshire Registered Agent LLC, we give your company:
- Availability: Registered agents must be regularly available to ensure due process. We’re there to accept legal notices or court summons so you’re free to do what you do best—run your business.
- Privacy: By using our address on public documents, you maintain address security. Let us deal with all the spam and hassle of a publicly-listed address.
- Speed: We scan documents daily to make sure you never miss an important notice.
For just $49 a year, we can provide you with expert registered agent service.
Does My New Hampshire LLC Need a Federal Tax ID?
Sometimes—LLCs are required to obtain a federal tax ID (also known as Employer Identification Number or EIN) if any of the following situations apply:
- You have employees
- You file Employment, Excise, or Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms returns
- You withhold taxes on income (other than wages) paid to a non-resident alien
- You have a Keogh plan
- You are involved in a trust, estate, real estate mortgage investment conduit, non-profit organization, farmer co-op, or are a plan administrator
EINs are also commonly requested when applying for a business bank account.
What is the fee for an EIN?
Applying for an EIN is free from the IRS. If you’d like us to take this on, however, you can add EIN service to our formation package for $50.
Do I Need a New Hampshire Business License?
New Hampshire doesn’t have a general business license. However, your business may need professional licenses or permits for specific business activities.
New Hampshire’s Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau has a list of Licensed, Certified and Registered Occupations, and New Hampshire Means Business has a list of other commonly needed licenses and permits.
Do I Have to File a New Hampshire Annual Report?
Yes. New Hampshire requires LLCs to submit an annual report to update the company’s ownership and contact information.
How do I file a New Hampshire Annual Report?
New Hampshire Annual Reports can only be filed online, using QuickStart. If you don’t already have an account, you’ll need to create one using the steps described above.
When is the annual report due?
April 1st. You can submit your report between January 1st and April 1st.
Do I have to submit an annual report my first year?
No, you don’t have to submit a report the year of your LLC’s formation.
What is the fee for the New Hampshire Annual Report?
$102 ($100 + $2 online service fee). If you submit your report after April 1st, there is a late fee of $50.
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