Alabama

LLC, Business License, Incorporation

With the 23rd largest population in the United States, Alabama services both large and small businesses. Regardless of your industry, we can help you take advantage of Alabama's business services.

If you want to incorporate or form an LLC in Alabama, we can form your new company with the Alabama Secretary of State. For other Alabama businesses, we offer services like "Doing Business As" (DBA) names and Employer Identification Number applications. We can also help you identify common business licensing requirements for virtually any of Alabama's 67 counties or numerous cities and towns.

Forming a Corporation in Alabama

Each state has its own set of rules for businesses seeking to form a corporation there. If you've decided to incorporate in Alabama, The Company Corporation will take care of all the details. We'll research the availability of your company name and help you prepare and file your Articles of Incorporation with the Alabama Secretary of State. We can also assist with many of your follow-up needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing. Here are some helpful facts about Alabama's incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

Alabama requires corporations to have names that can't be confused with any existing, reserved or registered corporate names. When you incorporate with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Alabama's standards.

Permitted designations: Alabama corporate names may be followed by several approved designations, including:

  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated

Restricted designations: The use of certain words and phrases in corporate names is considered "restricted" in Alabama, meaning they require special approval by the state. These include:

  • Bank
  • Banking
  • Electric
  • Engineering
  • Insurance
  • Trust

Filing Requirements

Remember, when you work with The Company Corporation, we'll take care of your incorporation filing for you. This information is presented only for your reference.

Required documents: The state of Alabama requires businesses to file Articles of Incorporation as well as a Certificate of Name Reservation, if not previously filed.

Location to file: Businesses must file their corporate documents in the same county where their registered agent is located.

Turnaround Time: In general, turnaround time for incorporating a business in Alabama is 6-8 weeks. Expedited filings, which require an additional fee, typically take 4-5 weeks.

Follow-up Filings: Required. Newly formed corporations must file initial corporate shares and business privilege tax returns within 2 months of organization.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: Corporations are required to have one or more directors.

Director qualifications: Directors must be at least 19 years old. The Articles of Incorporation or bylaws may prescribe additional qualifications.

Appearance in articles: Required. Directors' names and addresses must appear in the Articles of Incorporation.

Written consent: Permitted. Directors may act in writing in lieu of holding a meeting.

Principal Office Location: Alabama permits a corporation's principal office to be located outside of the state.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Corporations must file annual reports with the Alabama Secretary of State between January 1 and March 15, no later than 2 months after the first day of the new fiscal year.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is between 3 and 5 business days.

Signatures: Only company officers are authorized to sign annual reports. Emailed or faxed signatures are not accepted.

Filing extensions: Permitted. Filing extensions are good for six months. Businesses must apply for extensions prior to the annual report due date.

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Forming an LLC in Alabama

Each state has its own set of requirements for businesses that plan on forming a Limited Liability Company (LLC) there. If you decide to form an LLC in Alabama, The Company Corporation will take care of all the details. We'll research the availability of your company name and help you prepare and file your Articles of Organization with the Alabama Secretary of State. We can also take care of many of your company's follow-up needs, including annual report preparation and filing.

Here are some helpful facts about Alabama's LLC requirements:

LLC Name Requirements

When you form your LLC with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets Alabama's standards.

Permitted designations: Alabama LLC names may be followed by several approved designations, including:

  • L.L.C.
  • LLC
  • Limited Liability Company

Filing Requirements

Required documents: Companies that wish to form an LLC in Alabama must file Articles of Organization. Remember, when you work with The Company Corporation, we'll take care of this filing for you.

Turnaround time: In general, turnaround time for forming an LLC in Alabama is 6-8 weeks. Expedited filings, which require an additional fee, typically take 4-5 weeks.

Follow-up filing: Required. A privilege tax return is required to be filed within 2 1/2 months after formation.

Annual Reports

Frequency of filing: Annually

Time to file: LLCs must file their privilege tax return between January 1 and April 15.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is 3-5 business days.

Signatures: Only a manager or member may sign. Emailed or faxed signatures are not accepted.

Filing extensions: Permitted. Extensions are good for six months and must be applied for prior to the original due date.

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Get Alabama Business Licenses

Before your business can legally begin to operate, you must satisfy its license, permit, and tax registration requirements. Almost all state, county, and local governments require businesses to obtain one or more licenses and permits. Additionally, selling taxable goods and services or hiring employees requires that you register with tax authorities. All business license, permit, and tax registration requirements vary by your industry and location.

Examples of possible licenses required in Alabama:

  • Trucking License
  • Finance License
  • Landscaping License

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