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LLC Formation in Michigan

Every state has its own, unique rules for forming an LLC (Limited Liability Company). Knowing the rules for Michigan will help you decide whether you want to form your LLC there.

Naming your MI LLC

The name of an LLC must contain the words "Limited Liability Company," or the initials "LC," "LLC" (with or without periods). Your name can’t contain words that indicate or imply that the LLC was formed for a purpose other than one stated in the Articles of Organization. The name must be distinguishable from the name of any domestic or foreign LLCs, domestic or foreign limited partnerships, or names currently reserved.

Member/Manager information

Michigan does not have many requirements regarding who can serve as a member or manager of an LLC.

  • Minimum number. Once formed, your LLC must have at least one member.
  • Residence requirements. Michigan does not have a provision specifying where members/managers must reside.
  • Age requirements. Michigan does not impose age requirements for being a member or serving as a manager.
  • Inclusion in the Articles of Organization. Member/Manager names and addresses are not required to be listed in the Articles of Organization.

Requirements for the Articles of Organization

To form an LLC in Michigan, you must complete and file Articles of Organization and pay the required filing fee. Michigan's requirements include:

  • Signature by an “organizer.” The organizer does not need to be a member or manager of the LLC.
  • If the LLC is going to be a manager-managed, that must be specifically stated in the Articles of Organization.

Registered Agent

You must list the name and address of a Registered Agent in the Articles of Organization. Your Registered Agent must have a street address in Michigan, not just a post office box. Also, your agent available during normal business hours to accept Service of Process and important legal and tax documents for the LLC.

Professional services businesses

Michigan allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys, and physicians, to form a professional limited liability company (PLLC). All members and managers of a Professional LLC in Michigan must be professionals licensed to provide the service that the LLC provides.

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