How to Set up an LLC in Utah

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

LLCs are the most popular structure for small businesses in Utah. 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 Utah online yourself. Just follow these steps:

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


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Starting an LLC in Utah is Easy

You can register a Utah LLC online by filing the Certificate of Organization with the Department of Commerce. The cost of Utah LLC registration is $70.

Follow our How to Set up an LLC in Utah guide below to get started.

Steps to form an L L C in Utah

Step 1: Create A Name For Your Utah 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 Utah 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 Utah
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Next, do a Utah LLC name search with the Department of Commerce to find out if your name is available in Utah.

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

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Step 2: Appoint a Utah 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 the Utah Certificate of Organization

It’s time to officially form your LLC by filing your Certificate of Organization with the Utah Department of Commerce.

You can file online with the Utah Division of Commerce OneStop website or fill out a hard copy of the Utah Certificate of Organization and mail it in. The filing fee is $70. 

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 complete the form:

  1. Entity Name
  2. Principal Office Address
  3. Registered Agent Name and Registered Office Address
  4. Signature of Organizer
  5. Members and/or Managers (optional)
  6. Duration (optional)
  7. Business Purpose (optional)

For more detailed help with completing the form, visit our Utah Certificate of Organization guide.

Mail Your Articles of Organization:

Send the form and payment (payable to the Secretary of State) to:

Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code
P.O. Box 146705
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

How long does it take to get an LLC approved? LLC processing time is 2 business days online, 5 to 7 business days by mail.

Step 4: Create An LLC Operating Agreement

Creating a Utah 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 Utah 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 5: Get an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is like a Social Security number (SSN) for your company. The IRS and the state of Utah 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 Utah 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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