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Here are the steps you need to take to form an LLC in Nebraska. For more information on how to form an LLC in any state, see our article Forming an LLC - A 50 State Guide.

If you're ready to set up your LLC today, you can do so in any state through LegalZoom for $149 plus filing fees. To get started, click here.

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Step 1. Choose a name for your LLC

The first step to forming your LLC is to come up with a name. When doing so, there are a few things you need to look out for.

1. Follow Nebraska's naming guidelines

  • In Nebraska, your business name must contain the words Limited Liability Company or the abbreviation L.L.C. or LLC.
  • Restricted words (e.g. Attorney, University) require additional paperwork and may require a licensed individual, such as a doctor or lawyer, to be part of the LLC.
  • Prohibited words are those that would cause the public to mistake the name of your LLC with a federal or state agency (e.g. FBI, Secret Service, etc.)

2. Check that the name is available

The name must be distinguishable from the names of other businesses already on file with in Nebraska. You can check Nebraska's business name database to see if your name is available.

3. Check to see if the domain is available

You don't necessarily need a .com domain, but if you want to make sure you're going to have a domain, it's best to get one before you file any documents with the state. You can check to see if your domain name is available on GoDaddy.com.

Step 2. Choose a Registered Agent

In Nebraska, you are required to nominate a Registered Agent for your LLC.

A Registered Agent is a person or business entity that agrees to send and receive legal papers on behalf of your LLC, such as service of process of legal action and state filings.

Your agent must be a resident of Nebraska, or a corporation authorized to do business in Nebraska. You can elect someone inside the business for this - including yourself.

You can learn more about registered agents here.

Step 3. File your Certificate of Organization

Filing your Certificate of Organization with the state of Nebraska officially registers your LLC with the state.

The Certificate of Organization must include the following:

  • The LLC's name and address.
  • Your registered agent's name and address.

The Certificate of Organization can be filed online with a filing fee of $100, plus $100 per page as a Recording Fee.

Step 4. Publish a Notice of Organization

Nebraska requires that you publish a Notice of Organization.

To comply with this requirement, you need to publish this notice for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper that circulates in the same county as your office.

You can find a newspaper located in your county using this newspaper search tool.

The notice of organization published in the newspaper must include the following:

  • The name of the LLC.
  • The LLC's address.
  • The nature of the business.

Proof of publication must be filed with the Secretary of State using an affidavit of publication. The affidavit can be obtained from the newspaper itself. You can do this here.

Proof of Publication Filing Instructions

  1. Select "File for an Existing Entity." Include the Account Number given with your Certificate of Organization.

  2. Complete the form, then upload the proof of publication provided by the Newspaper you have chosen.

Step 5. Prepare your operating agreement

Nebraska requires you to have an operating agreement (a verbal or written agreement that outlines the ownership and operational procedures for your new business) in place for your LLC.

Check out this guide for more on creating an operating agreement for your LLC.

Step 6. Get an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is basically a social security number for your business. It's used by the government to identify your business and track tax payments.

You'll need an EIN to file federal and local taxes, and some bank accounts require you to have one in order to open an account with them.

You can get your EIN here.

If you're ready to set up your LLC today, you can do so in any state through LegalZoom for $149 plus filing fees. To get started, click here.

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