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Forming an LLC in Kentucky

Picking a business structure is one of the first, and perhaps most important, decisions you'll need to make when starting a new business. This decision will affect how the business -- and you as the owner -- are taxed, your degree of personal liability, and the steps it will take to start your company. For example, if you pick a limited liability company as your business structure, you'll need to file articles of organization with the appropriate state government agency.

Articles of Organization in Kentucky

In order to start an LLC in Kentucky, you'll need to file articles of organization with the Kentucky Secretary of State. The articles must include:

  • The LLC's name and address;
  • The effective date of the LLC;
  • If the LLC will be controlled by managers or its members; and
  • The name and address of the LLC's registered agent.

The registered agent is the person or entity that will accept legal papers on behalf of the LLC in the event that it's sued. The registered agent can be an individual who lives in Kentucky, a domestic company, or a foreign company that's authorized to do business in the state.

For your convenience, FindLaw offers all of the necessary forms to start an LLC in the state with its Kentucky LLC Formation Package.

Forming an LLC in Kentucky at a Glance

In the following chart, you can find an overview of the steps required to form a Kentucky LLC. You can also find links to relevant statute(s) and government agencies. Please remember that while this chart provides a basic overview of forming an LLC in Kentucky, it's important to also read the statutes for yourself.


Kentucky Revised Statutes:

  • Title III, Chapter 14A, Section 14A.1-010, et seq. (Kentucky Business Entity Filing Act)
  • Title XXIII, Chapter 275, Section 275.001, et seq. (Kentucky Limited Liability Company Act)
Step-by-Step Process of Forming an LLC

In order to form an LLC in Kentucky, you'll need to take the following steps:

  1. Pick a name that's available and includes "limited liability company," "limited company," or an abbreviation of one of those phrases.*
  2. File the articles of organization with the Kentucky Secretary of State and pay the required filing fee.
  3. Appoint a registered agent.
  4. Comply with applicable Kentucky business tax requirements.

*Additionally, "limited" may be abbreviated to "Ltd." and "company" may be abbreviated to "Co."

State Agency in Charge of LLC Formation

The Kentucky Secretary of State is the government agency in charge of business organizations in the state.

Related Statute(s)

Kentucky Revised Statutes, Title XXIII. Private Corporations and Associations

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Forming an LLC in Kentucky: Related Resources

For more information and resources related to this topic, please visit the links listed below.

Get Legal Help to Start Your Kentucky LLC

Even though the information and links above provide a clear guide to forming an LLC in Kentucky, it's always a good idea to have the help of a legal professional. If you have any questions, or simply want some guidance in starting your LLC in Kentucky, it's best to speak with an experienced business organizations attorney near you.

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