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LLC Formation in Louisiana

Whether you are just starting out or you’ve been in business for a while, when you are ready to form an LLC (Limited Liability Company), it’s good to know the requirements of the formation state. Here’s an overview of Louisiana’s requirements.

Naming your Louisiana LLC

The name you select for your LLC must contain the words "Limited Liability Company," or the abbreviations “L.L.C." or “L.C.” The name can’t contain words that imply that the LLC is an agency of Louisiana or the United States. The use of words such as "Bank," "Cooperative," "Guarantee," "Loan," "Mutual," "Savings," "Trust" and others require approval from the Office of Financial Institutions, while the use of "engineer", "engineering", "surveyor", or "surveying" require approval of the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board.

Member/Manager information

The following are Louisiana’s requirements for the members/managers of LLCs:

  • Minimum number. LLCs must have one or more members/managers.
  • Residence requirements. Louisiana requires members/managers to have a physical address (no post office boxes), but the address need not be in Louisiana.
  • Age requirements. Louisiana does not have age requirements for members or managers
  • Inclusion in the Articles of Organization. Member/Manager names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Organization, but they are listed in the Initial Report, which must be filed when the Articles of Organization are filed.

Requirements for the Articles of Organization

A Louisiana LLC if formed by filing Articles of Organization, the Initial Report, and paying the filing fee.

Registered Agent

The name and address of your LLC’s Registered Office and Registered Agent must be listed in the Initial Report, which is required to be filed when the Articles of Organization are filed. This must be a physical street address—post office boxes are not permitted. Your Registered Agent must be available during normal business hours to accept Service of Process and other state-mandated documents directed to the LLC.

Other filings required at time of formation

Some states require additional filings or steps at the time of incorporation, such as a county level filing, publishing notice of the LLC formation in a local newspaper or an initial report filing. Louisiana is one of those states. Louisiana requires:

  • Initial Report. An Initial Report must be filed with the Articles of Organization or the Articles will not be accepted by the state. This report must be signed each person who signed the Articles of Organization, and it must be notarized. The Initial Report lists:
    • The street address of the Registered Office
    • The name and street address of the Registered Agent
    • The names and street addresses of the initial members (in a member-managed LLC) or initial managers (in a manager-managed LLC)  

Professional services businesses

Professionals in Louisiana can form an LLC, but there are special statutory provisions that apply to dentists.

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