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Learn the requirements for forming an LLC (Limited Liability Company) in Washington State. Knowing the rules will help you decide if Washington is the right formation state—and make the formation process go more smoothly.
The name of a Washington LLC must include one of the following: Limited Liability Company, the words Limited Liability Co., L.L.C., or LLC. Plus, the name must be distinguishable from any other formally organized entity registered with the Secretary of State’s office, such as corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and limited liability partnerships.
The following are Washington’s requirements for the members and managers of LLCs:
You form an LLC in Washington by filing Certificate of Formation and paying the required fee. The information required in the formation document varies by state. Washington's requirements include:
Every Washington LLC must appoint and maintain a Registered Agent with a physical address in Washington. The name and street address must be listed on the Certificate of Formation. A physical, street address is required, but you have the option of listing a mailing address in addition to the street address. Washington requires that the Registered Agent consent to the appointment by signing the Certificate 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. Washington requires the following:
Washington allows professionals, such as accountants, attorneys, and physicians, to form a professional limited liability company (PLLC).
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