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Filing Fees & Requirements
How Much Does Starting an Illinois LLC Cost?
Legal business registration — and keeping your business in good standing — requires some investment. Some of these costs are due to the Illinois Secretary of State, while others are payable to the federal or other state government entity. We’ve summarized some of the most common requirements and fees in this section. Note that Illinois business license and permit fees may need to be paid when you first form your business, on an ongoing schedule or on an ad hoc basis. Find more details below.
Initial Illinois LLC Fees
When you first start your business, you’ll need to file as an LLC with the Secretary of State and pay a fee. Here are the current Illinois LLC fees and filing times:
State Filling Time
Expedited Filing Time
2 Business Days
*includes processing fee
If you form through Bizee, we'll collect this fee from you, then forward it to the Secretary of State's office with your formation paperwork.
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Employer Identification Number
Every LLC in the U.S. should have a unique Employer Identification Number (EIN). It's provided by the Internal Revenue Service, and you use it when filing taxes, opening a business bank account, and paying employees. You can get one yourself at no cost from the IRS, or we can obtain one on your behalf.
When you want to do business in a state other than the one where your business is based, you must create a foreign LLC.
Illinois Foreign LLC Registration
Before you can bring an arm of your business from another state into Illinois, you must request Illinois Foreign Qualification. This means the state gives you permission to conduct business there.
To request registration of an Illinois Foreign LLC, you must complete an Application for Admission to Transact Business and pay a $150 filing fee. The state may have additional requirements so contact the Secretary of State for more information.
Foreign Qualification to Operate in Another State
If you plan to expand your Illinois LLC into another state, you’ll first need Foreign Qualification or a Certificate of Authority from that state. This is necessary if you'll have a physical presence, employees or banking in that state.
This process will likely entail completing an application and paying a filing fee, but each state has its own requirements. Before you start, compare state filing times and state filing fees so you can plan accordingly. Then contact the state government entity that administers business (usually the Secretary of State) to confirm their requirements and for specific instructions.
If you need assistance, Bizee provides complete Foreign Qualification service for all states.
Illinois Annual Report Requirements
Most states — including Illinois — require businesses to file an annual (or other periodic) report with their Secretary of State. When you file your annual report form, you’ll need to pay a fee of $78. Here are the Illinois annual report filing requirements:
Within 60 days immediately preceding first day of anniversary month.
*includes processing fee
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Illinois Business License and Permit Requirements
As the owner of a business, it’s your responsibility to make sure you have the proper state, federal or local business licenses to operate your LLC. Some of the associated fees only need to be paid once, while others are ongoing charges.
Permits and licenses vary based on:
- The industry your LLC operates in (e.g., restaurants will need health permits)
- The type of business you run (e.g., healthcare providers must meet HIPAA requirements)
- The location of your LLC (county or city) (e.g., a license to conduct business from the city of Chicago)
Remember: Operating your business without the required licenses can expose you to fines and risks from local, state and federal governments.
You can research permits and licenses yourself, or use Bizee’s Business License Research package, which includes:
- A complete report on all the licenses, permits and tax registrations your LLC needs
- The applications you'll need to file with state, regional and federal licensing authorities
Illinois doesn’t require you to create an Operating Agreement for your LLC.
An Operating Agreement is a document that explains how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key details of the business.
This document is beneficial in making sure you’re organized and prepared for any future events that may affect your business. We strongly recommend you create one to protect your business.
Bizee Can Draft a General Operating Agreement Template When You Form Your Illinois Business.Learn About Operating Agreements
Other Potential Illinois LLC Fees or Requirements
There are several other fees or requirements that you may need to meet during the life of your LLC. These ad hoc fees will only be payable in specific circumstances, which we’ve listed below.
Obtaining an Assumed Name or DBA
If you want to establish an Illinois DBA (assumed name), you must file a form with the Secretary of State and pay a filing fee of $150.
Changing the Registered Agent
You must appoint an Illinois Registered Agent when you file your Articles of Organization. You may also switch to a new Registered Agent later for a $25 fee.
Reserving a Name for Your LLC
If you don’t want to form your LLC right away, you can reserve a business name for 90 days by filing a form with the Secretary of State and paying a fee of $25. First, perform an Illinois business search and learn about rules applicable to business names to ensure the one you want meets all state requirements.
Amending Certain Facts About Your LLC
Your business formation documents contain certain facts about your Illinois business when it is formed. Over time, these facts may change. If they do, you need to file Articles of Amendment with the Illinois Secretary of State and pay a $50 fee. You can do this yourself, or have Bizee file on your behalf.
Articles of Amendment must be filed when you:
- Edit your LLC’s address
- Add, remove or change your LLC’s members or manager
- Change your LLC’s stated business activities
Getting a Certificate of Good Standing in Illinois
Some organizations will ask that you provide evidence of your LLC’s compliance with laws and tax requirements. If you need to prove you are meeting your commitments, you’ll need a Certificate of Good Standing from the Secretary of State, which requires a $25 fee.
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The fees listed above detail many of the charges a standard LLC will be required to pay. In some unusual circumstances, you may have to pay other one-off, periodic or ad hoc fees.
Of course, your LLC will also likely need to pay self-employment, payroll, federal, state and sales taxes. More information about taxes can be found on the Illinois Business Tax page.
FAQs About Illinois LLC Fees
What Happens to the State Fees I'm Charged When Forming My LLC?
We charge you this fee at cost and then pay the fee to the Secretary of State on your behalf when forming your Illinois business.
Where Do I Get Business Licenses and Permits for My LLC?
It depends on various factors including:
- Business location
- Federal, state and local regulations
- Business type
- Your industry’s governing organizations
Many new businesses need a business license, but additional licenses and permits may be required. Our Business License Research package can take the guesswork out of it for you and help you discover everything your LLC needs to be in good standing.