LLC Formation in Idaho

Every state has its own rules for forming an LLC (Limited Liability Company). Knowing Idaho’s rules will help streamline the filing process.

Naming Your Idaho LLC

The name of your Idaho LLC must end with "Limited Liability Company," "Limited Company," "Ltd. Co.," "L.C.," "LC," "LLC" or "L.L.C." And, it can’t contain any word or phrase that indicates or implies that it is organized for a purpose that differs from the purpose(s) set out in the Articles of Organization. What’s more, your name cannot be the same as (or deceptively similar to) that of a domestic or a qualified foreign LLC or a reserved name. If you want to include the words "Engineer" or "Survey,” you’ll need approval by the state's engineering board.

Member/Manager information

Idaho has the following requirements regarding the members/managers of LLCs:

  • Minimum number. Every Idaho LLC must have one or more members/managers.
  • Residence requirements. Idaho does not have a provision specifying where managers/members must reside.
  • Age requirements. Idaho does not impose minimum age requirements for members or managers.
  • Inclusion in the Certificate of Organization. Idaho requires that the name and address of at least one “governor” be listed on the Certificate of Organization. An LLC “governor” is a manager in a manager-managed LLC; it is a member in a member-managed LLC.

Requirements for the Certificate of Organization

To form an LLC in Idaho, you must file a Certificate of Organization and pay the state-imposed fee.

Registered Agent

The Certificate of Organization must list the name and address of a Registered Agent with a physical address (not a post office box) in Idaho. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours to accept Service of Process and other important legal and tax documents for the business.

Professional services businesses

In Idaho, the following professionals can form a professional limited liability company (PLLC): architecture, chiropractic, dentistry, engineering, landscape architecture, law, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, physical therapy, podiatry, professional geology, psychology, certified or licensed public accountancy, social work, surveying and veterinary medicine. No other professions can operate as a PLLC in Idaho.

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