How to Start a South Carolina LLC

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South Carolina offers a straightforward and simple way for people to register their LLC with the Secretary of State. An LLC, or Limited Liability Company, offers its organizers a flexible business structure, a number of tax benefits, and protection of personal assets. Many entrepreneurs and small business owners choose this business structure because it is typically much cheaper than incorporating and gives them the personal asset protection not afforded by a sole proprietorship or traditional partnership. To start a South Carolina LLC, you just need to fill out a few forms and pay a filing fee to the Secretary of State's (SOS) Office.

Choose a name for the LLC. The name must end with "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviations "LLC," "L.L.C.," "LC," or "L.C.".

Verify that the chosen name is not already listed with the SOS office. Use the Corporation database query tool on the SOS website to search for a list of similar names. The Secretary of State website can be found at: http://www.scsos.com

Download and fill out the Articles of Organization forms from the SOS website. The forms are provided in PDF format and may be filled out directly or printed for those who prefer to hand write the information.

Make two copies of the form to send to the SOS office and one for your records.

Place the two copies of the completed Articles of Organization forms along with a check for the filing fee in a self-addressed, stamped return envelope. The required amount of the filing fee is printed at the top of the form and checks must be made payable to the South Carolina Secretary of State.

Mail the envelope to the Secretary of State's Office to complete the LLC registration. Address the envelopes to:

South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office Attn: Corporate Filings P.O. Box 11350 Columbia, SC 29211

Tips & Warnings

  • The South Carolina Secretary of State's Office usually processes registration forms within two business days after they are received. The applicant receives a copy of the approved forms via regular mail.

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