How to Form an LLC in Alaska

Learn how to start an LLC (Limited Liability Company) in Alaska.

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Here are the steps you need to take to form an LLC in Alaska. For more information on how to form an LLC in any state, see Nolo's article on How to Form an LLC

1.  Choose a Name for Your LLC

Under Alaska law, an LLC’s name must contain the words “Limited Liability Company” or the abbreviations “LLC” or “L.L.C.” The name must be distinguishable from the names of other business entities already registered in Alaska.

Names may be checked for availability by searching the database on the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development website.

An available name may be reserved for up to 120 days by filing a Business or Corporation Name Reservation Application. The form must be postal mailed to the State of Alaska Corporation Section office. A $25 fee must be paid to reserve a name.

2.   File Articles of Organization with the State

An Alaska LLC is created by filing articles of organization with the State of Alaska Corporations. Complete and file Articles of Organization. The articles of organization must include the following information: the LLC's name, its purpose, duration, information on how it will be managed, name and address of its registered agent. The articles can be postal mailed or filed online.

The filing fee is $250.  

3.  Appoint a Registered Agent

Every Alaska LLC must have an agent for service of process in the state. This is an individual or corporation that agrees to accept legal papers on the LLC’s behalf if it is sued. An LLC may not serve as its own agent for service of process. The agent should agree to accept service of process on behalf of the limited liability company prior to designation.

The registered agent may be an individual resident of Alaska or a corporation authorized to transact business in Alaska. The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development maintains a list of private service companies that can act as agent for service of process.

All of the paperwork and procedural steps to start a limited liability company in Alaska can be done online using Nolo's Alaska Online LLC Formation application.

4.  Prepare an Operating Agreement

An LLC operating agreement is not required in Alaska, but is highly advisable. For help creating an LLC operating agreement, see Form Your Own Limited Liability Company, by Anthony Mancuso (Nolo) or use Nolo’s Online LLC. The LLC operating agreement is not filed with the State of Alaska Corporations Section.

5. File Initial and Biennial Reports

After you have organized your LLC it is your responsibility to file an Initial Report  with the State of Alaska Division of Corporations within 6 months of organization. There is no filing fee.

In addition, every Alaska LLC and foreign LLC registered in Alaska must file a Biennial Report form every two years. The report is due before January 2 of the filing year. It may be filed online or by postal mail. 

The filing fee is $100 for Alaska LLCs, $200 for foreign LLCs.

The Initial Report and Biennial Report must include: 

  • the LLC”s name and the state or country where it is organized
  • the address of the registered office of the LLC in Alaska, the name of its registered agent at that address, and, for a foreign LLC, the address of its principal office in the state or country where it is organized
  • the names and addresses of the LLC’s managers;  or, if none, the names and addresses of the  LLC’s members, and
  • the name and address of each person owning at least a 5% interest in the LLC and the percentage of interest owned by that person in the company.

6. Comply With Other Tax and Regulatory Requirements

You will need to comply with any other tax and regulatory requirements that apply to your LLC. These may include:

EIN

If your LLC has more than one member, you will need to get an IRS Employer Identification Number (EIN) for it, even if the LLC has no employees. If you form a one-member LLC, you must obtain an EIN for it only if you elect to have it taxed as a corporation instead of a sole proprietorship (disregarded entity). You may obtain an EIN by completing an online application on the IRS website or by filing IRS Form SS-4. There is no filing fee.

Business licenses

Depending on what type of business your LLC is engaged in and where it is located, you may need to obtain other local and state business licenses. For more information, see  the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development website 

7.  Foreign LLCs Doing Business in Alaska

All LLCs organized outside of Alaska must register with the State of Alaska Corporations Section to do business in Alaska. To register, file a Registration of Foreign LLC. The filing fee is $350. The LLC must appoint an Alaska agent for service of process.

by: , J.D.

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