How to Start an LLC in Nebraska

L L C members happy after starting an L L C in Nebraska

LLCs are the most popular structure for small businesses in Nebraska. That's because starting and running a limited liability company (LLC) is very simple and offers important benefits.

LLCs can protect your personal assets (car, house, savings) if something happens to your business. LLCs also offer credibility and options to save on taxes.

It’s easy to form an LLC in Nebraska online yourself. Just follow these steps:

  1. Name Your LLC
  2. Choose a Registered Agent
  3. File the NE Certificate of Organization
  4. Complete NE Publication Requirement
  5. Create an LLC Operating Agreement
  6. Get an EIN

Or, use an online LLC service to form an LLC:

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Starting an LLC in Nebraska is Easy

You can get a Nebraska LLC online by registering the Certificate of Organization with the Secretary of State. The cost to create an LLC in Nebraska is $100.

Follow our How to Start an LLC in Nebraska guide below to get started.

Steps to form an L L C in Nebraska

Step 1: Create A Name For Your Nebraska LLC

Before you register your LLC, you'll need to come up with a name. Your business name needs to be catchy for branding purposes and legitimate for legal purposes.

We go into depth on this topic in our LLC naming guide. We’ll go over the basics below.

Naming Your LLC

First, brainstorm some possibilities. Use our LLC name generator to get the ideas flowing.

Next, make sure your name meets Nebraska guidelines:

  • it contains the words limited liability company, limited company, LLC, or L.L.C.
  • it doesn't contain restricted words or phrases (these often include words like bank, attorney, and university) without approval
  • it's distinguishable from any other entity or trade name registered in Nebraska
  • full list of Nebraska naming guidelines

Next, do a Nebraska LLC name search with the Secretary of State to find out if your name is available in Nebraska.

If your business name is available and meets guidelines, you’ll be able to register it when you file your Certificate of Organization with the Secretary of State.

Is the URL available? Before you commit 100% to a name, check to see if there’s a good web domain available.

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Step 2: Appoint A Nebraska LLC Registered Agent

When you file your Certificate of Organization, you'll need to list a registered agent.

A registered agent's job is to accept legal documents like service of process and tax notices for your LLC.

Your registered agent can be a person or a registered agent service. You can act as your own registered agent, but many business owners choose to use a registered agent service.

Here are a few things to think about before you decide to act as your own registered agent:

  • You’ll need to be available during normal (9 am - 5 pm) business hours at the address you provide
  • If you run your business from home, you’ll have to make your personal address public
  • You could be served with a lawsuit in front of your family or coworkers

Recommended: Most registered agent services offer a year of registered agent service free when you form an LLC with them. 

Step 3: File a Nebraska Certificate of Organization

It’s time to officially form your LLC by filing your Certificate of Organization with the Nebraska Secretary of State.

You will need to create your own Certificate of Organization according to Nebraska Statute 21-117 and file it either online with the Nebraska Secretary of State or by mail.  

The filing fee is $100 online and $110 by mail.

Recommended: Now is a good time to decide if your LLC will be member-managed vs manager-managed.

You'll need to know the following information to create the document:

  1. Entity Name and Address
  2. Agent for Service of Process Information
  3. Effective Date
  4. The word “Organizer” and the Organizer’s signature
  5. Additional PLLC Information (if applicable)

For more detailed help with creating this document, visit our Nebraska Certificate of Organization guide.

Mail Your Certificate of Organization:
Send the form and payment ($110 payable to the Nebraska Secretary of State) to:

Robert B. Evnen, Secretary of State
P.O. Box 94608
Lincoln, NE 68509

How long does it take to get an LLC approved? LLC processing time is 2-3 business days.

Step 4: Complete Nebraska LLC Publication Requirements

New businesses in Nebraska are required to publish a Notice of Organization. This must run for three successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which your LLC operates.

The Notice of Organization must include your business name, street address, and the nature of your LLC's business.

Once you have met this requirement, the newspaper will provide an affidavit that you will file with the Secretary of State.

Next, you'll upload your affidavit of publication on the Secretary of State website.

Step 5: Create A Nebraska LLC Operating Agreement

Creating a Nebraska LLC operating agreement is the only way to legally lock down your LLC’s management and ownership structure. Having this document in place will give you something to return to if a dispute or lawsuit arises. 

Even single-member LLCs benefit from having an operating agreement.

Your operating agreement should outline the following:

  • Each member’s responsibilities
  • How new members will be admitted
  • How existing members may transfer or terminate their membership
  • How profits and dividends will be distributed

You can add as many provisions as you want, as long as they don't conflict with Nebraska business law. Take a look at our What is an Operating Agreement guide to learn more.

Download a template or create a custom Free Operating Agreement using our tool.

Step 6: Get an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is like a Social Security number (SSN) for your company. The IRS and the state of Nebraska will use this number to track your business activity.

Your EIN will come in handy when it’s time to:

  • Open a business bank account
  • File Federal and State taxes
  • Hire employees

The best way to get an EIN for your LLC in Nebraska is by using the free online application on the IRS website.

Read our Get an EIN guide for instructions.

Steps After Forming an LLC

After forming your LLC, it's important to:

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