How to File a Certificate of Limited Partnership in Indiana

by Anna Assad

A limited partnership in Indiana allows the limited partner to be shielded from the partnership's liabilities. Unlike a general partner, the limited partner doesn't actively control the business and isn't liable for the partnership's obligations. A limited partnership doesn't have annual reporting requirements with the Indiana Secretary of State as do certain other business entities, such as corporations and limited liability companies or LLCs. Forming a limited partnership in Indiana requires that you file a Certificate of Limited Partnership with the Secretary of State. You may file the certificate by mail, in person or online.

File by Mail or In Person

Step 1

Complete the Certificate of Limited Partnership form. You can download this form from the Indiana Secretary of State's website or through an online legal document provider. You will need to enter the name and address of the limited partnership, the general partners and the registered agent – a person or business in Indiana that will accept legal notices on behalf of the partnership. The person preparing the certificate must sign and date the form.

Step 2

Prepare a check or money order if you are mailing the form. For the current filing fee, refer to the Secretary of State's website. Make your remittance payable to the Secretary of State. Mail your certificate and payment to: Secretary of State Corporate Division 302 W. Washington St. – Room E018 Indianapolis IN 46204

Step 3

Go to the Secretary of State’s corporate division office if you want to file in person. Bring the original certificate and filing fee with you. The office is located at the address provided in Step 2. Go to Room E018.

Filing Online

Step 1

Navigate to the website of the Indiana Secretary of State corporate division office (link in Resources). The "Business Services Online" section allows you to complete and file your certificate of limited partnership online.

Step 2

Register to use the online business service. Registration is free, but you must provide a valid email address.

Step 3

Answer the questions on the form. Provide the name and address of the limited partnership. You’ll also need to enter the names and addresses of all the general partners and the registered agent who will accept legal notices on behalf of the business.

Step 4

Pay the filing fee after you have completed the online form using a debit or credit card. The current filing fee is listed on the website.