Guidelines for Forming an LLC in Utah

by Jeff Franco J.D./M.A./M.B.A.

The owners, known as members, of limited liability company, or LLC, have limited personal liability for the debts and actions of the LLC. Utah does not restrict the number of members an LLC can have; single-member LLCs are allowed in all states An LLC has some unique tax benefits that aren’t available to other types of business entities. But before you can take advantage of these benefits, you must follow the Utah guidelines for forming a LLC.

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Step 1

Conduct a business name search. All LLCs must have a name that is distinguishable from all existing business entity names -- not just LLCs -- that are registered in Utah. The name must contain the words "Limited Liability Company," Limited Company," "L.C." or "L.L.C. You can confirm whether or not the name you’ve chosen is available by conducting a keyword search through Utah’s business name database, or by using a an online document preparation site such as LegalZoom, which can conduct the search for you. You must register the LLC name with the Department of Commerce.

Step 2

Prepare the articles of organization. You can obtain a copy of the articles of organization form -- the document necessary to create the LLC -- on the Utah Department of Commerce website, or use an online legal document preparation site, such as LegalZoom, to prepare them.

Step 3

Choose a Utah registered agent. You must authorize an agent with a Utah address to accept all legal documents on behalf of the LLC. You will need to provide the name and address of the LLC’s agent; however, if you hire a company to serve as the registered agent, you only need to report the company’s name and registration number.

Step 4

Report the names and addresses of LLC organizers and members on the articles. An organizer is any person or company who files the articles of organization for the LLC, including those who will be LLC members, or owners, after formation. The remaining information required to complete the articles include the LLC's management structure, principal business address and the length of time the LLC will exist.

Step 5

File the articles of organization with the Utah Department of Commerce. You can file a signed copy of the articles in person, mail the document to P.O. Box 146705, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6705, file by faxing it to 801-530-6438, or file via a document preparation site like LegalZoom. Utah requires the payment of a processing fee that is due at the time of filing.