New Hampshire

LLC, Business License, Incorporation

With the 10th smallest population in the United States, New Hampshire still services both large and small businesses. New Hampshire's major industries include agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. Regardless of your industry, we can help you take advantage of New Hampshire's business services.

Forming a Corporation in New Hampshire

Each state has its own set of rules for businesses seeking to form a corporation there. If you've decided to incorporate in New Hampshire, 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 New Hampshire Department 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 New Hampshire's incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

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

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

  • Corp.
  • Corporation
  • Inc.
  • Incorporated
  • Limited
  • Ltd.

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

  • Bank
  • Banker
  • Bankers
  • Banking
  • Banks
  • Engineer
  • Engineered
  • Engineering
  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyor

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 New Hampshire requires businesses to file Articles of Incorporation and Addendum with the Department of State.

Turnaround time: In general, turnaround time for incorporating a business in New Hampshire is 10-30 business days.

Follow-up filings: Not required.

Officers/Directors Information

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

Director qualifications: The Articles of Incorporation or bylaws may prescribe the qualifications for directors.

Appearance in articles: Not required. Directors' names and addresses do not have to appear in the Articles of Incorporation.

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

Principal office location

New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire Department of State on or before April 1.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is between 2 and 4 business days.

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

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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Forming an LLC in New Hampshire

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 New Hampshire, 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 Certificate of Formation with the New Hampshire Department 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 New Hampshire's LLC requirements:

LLC Name Requirements

New Hampshire requires Limited Liability Companies to have names that can't be confused with any entity name, reserved or registered name, or trade name. When you form your LLC with The Company Corporation's help, we'll research your company name to make sure it meets New Hampshire's standards.

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

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

Restricted words: The use of certain words in LLC names is "restricted" in New Hampshire, meaning special approval by the state is required. These include:

  • Bank
  • Banker
  • Bankers
  • Banking
  • Banks
  • Engineer
  • Engineered
  • Engineering
  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyor

Filing Requirements

Required documents: Companies that wish to form an LLC in New Hampshire must file a Certificate of Formation and Addendum. 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 New Hampshire is 10-30 business days.

Follow-up filing: Not required.

Managers/Members Information

Minimum number: LLCs are required to have one or more managers/members.

Principal Office Location

New Hampshire requires an LLC's principal office to be located inside the state.

Annual Reports

Time to file: LLCs must file their annual report with the New Hampshire Department of State on or before April 1.

Turnaround time: Turnaround time at the state is 2-4 business days.

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

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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Get New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire:

  • Pest Control License
  • Commercial Feed License
  • Medical License

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