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Posted On : Wed Aug 10th,2016

How to Start an LLC in Washington?

An Ultimate Guide to file the Certificate of Formation in the State of Washington


LLC Formation in Washington

Limited liability Company (LLC) is a business structure that allows you to start a business in the state of Washington. An LLC provides protection to the business owners with the help of flexible and organizational structure. It is easy to manage and flexible taxation.


Choose a Name for Your LLC

The very first step to file an LLC in the state of Washington is to search for your proposed name with the Washington Secretary of the State. According to Washington Law, an LLC must contain the following words:

  • Limited Liability Company
  • Limited Liability Co
  • Abbreviations (LLC or L.L.C.)
  • Your LLC’s name must be different from the other business names already filed with the Washington Secretary of the State. If you want to check the name availability, you can check it from the Washington Secretary of State data base.

Right to Reserve your LLC name

You can reserve your LLC name for a limited period of time with the Washington Secretary of State, but it will not give you a right to operate or advertise your business without filing a certificate of formation.


File a Certificate of Formation

An LLC can be filed with the Washington Secretary of the State by following the given instructions;

  • Write the name of the LLC
  • Address of the principal office of the Company
  • Effective date of formation
  • The duration of the LLC
  • Physical and the mailing address in Washington of the Registered Agent
  • Alternate mailing address in Washington
  • Provide the designation of the registered agent (as defined in RCW 23.95.105(3))
  • Write if the registered agent is non-commercial (RCW 23.95.105(21))
  • Address and the signature of the LLC Registered Agent
  • Write If the company is a member managed or a manager managed
  • Intitial report must be filed along with the certificate of formation

Processing time of filing an LLC in Washington

It would take 7-10 working days to process the application.

Instructions for filing a certificate of information


Enter the name of your LLC under RCW 23.95

Section 2

The main address of the principal office

Section 3

Write the effective date to start your business, the effective date can be up to 90 days after filing the certificate.

Section 4

Perpetual- the duration of business

Section 5

All LLCs must have a registered agent under RCW 23.95.415.- write either he is commercial agent or a noncommercial.

Section 6

Write the full name and address of the executor- Executor is the person who is filing an LLC in the State of Washington.


Registered Agent in Washington

Registered Agent is a person or a commercail entity of the State of Washington serve to incorporate an LLC in Washington.


Operating Agreement For Washington

It is a document to manage and operate the LLC operation under the protocol or operating agreement. It is not required to manage, but advisable.


Employer Identification Number

An EIN is required for an LLC to obtain to open a bank account, filing taxes and applying for the business licenses.


Obtain Business Licenses in the State of Washington:

The State of Washington requires all businesses to get a state business license. You can file it online or through paper using Form BLS-700-028, Business License Application,


Annual Report

Every foreign LLC and the entity doing business in the state of Washington must file an annual report with the Washington Secretary of State. Initial annual report must be filed within 120 days after you file the LLC. Renewal notice will be sent by the Secretary of the State to the LLCs registered agent.

Foreign LLCs Doing Business in Washington

All LLCs organized outside must registered with the Washington Secretary of State. All foreign LLCs must appoint a register agent. The complete application must be attached by a certificate of existence.


Reseller permits Washington

It utilizes to collect sales tax from the customers and buying material or products from the wholesalers and suppliers.

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