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How to Register a Business in North Carolina (Step by step instructions)

Registering your business in North Carolina does not have to be a time-consuming and costly endeavor. By following this guide, you will register with the Federal Government and the Secretary of State.


The first thing you will need to do is apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). This process is free and takes 3-5 minutes. You will need your name, address, and social security number. The website only accepts applications during regular business hours.

Make sure you download and keep all confirmations saved in a folder on your computer. Such as “Business” or “Your Business Name”

You can register for your EIN here.

Secretary Of State

You can now register with The Secretary of State completely online here. You will need your EIN from the previous step. At the time of this writing, February 13th, 2021, the cost of registering an LLC with the Secretary of State is $125. With an added $2 online transaction fee.

Once you are at the website, you want to click “Online Services” in the top right corner.


Then, click “Submit A Creation Filing” under “Business Registration”.


On the next page, scroll down until you see “Wizard Creation Method”. Then click on “Create and Submit Using the Wizard Method”.


Then click on “First time user?”. Unless you already have an account. If you do, login.


On the following page, fill out all the required information then click “Register”.

If the website took you back to their homepage, click here to start your filing process. That link will take you to the following page:


Select the correct information for your business then click “Next”.


Type your business name. Double check for correct spelling. Then click “Next”. (If you are registering a Limited Liability Company, you must include “Limited Liability Company”, “LLC”, or “L.L.C.” at the end of your business name.)


Unless you have paid for a Registered Agent to answer the phones on your behalf, you want to select “An entity or person not on the above list has given consent to be the registered agent”. Then Click “Next”.


On the following page, type in your email address. If you or someone else in your company is going to be your register agent, select “No” under, “Is the Registered Agent a business entity?”. Type in your information, then click “Next”.


On the following page, type your business (or home office) address. Check the box if you want all correspondence with The Secretary of State mailed to this address. Click “Next”.


Next, select “Yes” from the drop-down menu. Type in the phone number you would like to use for correspondence with The Secretary of State. Click “Next”.


Type in your business (or home office) address. If this is also your mailing address, select “This is also the Principal Office Mailing Address” Click “Next”


On the following page, click “Add Entity/Individual”.


If you are organizing your own company with the Secretary of State, select “No” under “Is this party a commercial entity”. Then select “Both (Member and Organizer)” under “Capacity”. Fill in your information. Click “Save”.


If there is anyone else you would like to add as a member or organizer of your company, repeat the last 2 steps. If not, click “Next”.


Next, you will add yourself and any other members of your business as a Company Official, and give yourself a title. Click “Add Entity”.


If you are organizing your own company with the Secretary of State, select “No” under “Is this official a commercial entity”. Select your desired title from the drop-down list. Fill in your information then click “Save”.


Once you have added all company officials, click “Next”.


If you want to register your business now, select “Effective upon filing” from the drop-down menu. If not, you can select a future date for this process to go into effect.


On the following screen, select today’s date. Select your name from the drop-down list. Unless you are a business entity, leave the text boxes blank. Click “Next”.


Look over the information in the provided document. Make sure everything is accurate. Click “Next”.


If you would like, for a fee, you can have your filing expedited. $200 for same day filing. $100 to have it done within 24 hours.


Last step, pay the filing fee online via credit card. Submit your information. The Secretary of State will email you once your registration is complete.

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