certificate of formation

certificate of formation
A document filed with state authorities (usually the Secretary of State or Division of Corporations, depending on the state) to form a limited liability company (LLC). As required by the general LLC law of the state, the certificate normally includes the purpose of the LLC, its principal place of business, and the names of its initial members or managers. Most states refer to this document as the articles of organization.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations → LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, etc.

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

certificate of formation
Also known as the articles of organization in certain states.
A limited liability company (LLC) is formed by filing a certificate of formation in the jurisdiction where it desires to be domiciled. Some states only require that the certificate contains the name of the LLC, the name of its registered agent and the address of its registered office.
Specific filing requirements vary from state to state, so it is important to review the statutes governing business entities in the state where you choose to form the LLC.
For further information, see Forming an LLC Checklist (www.practicallaw.com/2-381-1369).
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.