How to Become an LLC in Michigan

By David Ingram

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The limited liability company business structure is a popular form of organization in the United States including in the state of Michigan. Michigan LLCs are required to follow a similar process to LLCs in other states. Michigan provides ready-made forms for LLC filings, including a free online template for the articles of organization. Learning the process of forming an LLC in Michigan can help you take advantage of this unique business form in the Great Lakes State.

Select a business name and check the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth's (DELEG) online business name database to ensure that it is available. Include the words “limited liability company” or the designation “LLC” in your name and ensure that your chosen name is not misleading or misrepresentative of your principal line of business.

Appoint your LLC members and a registered representative. LLCs in Michigan can have as many members as they choose or can elect to only have a single member. Members can be individuals or corporations as well. Consider appointing your attorney as your registered representative. The state will use the representative as a point of contact for all legal matters, so appointing your attorney can streamline the legal process.

Print and fill out the online template for LLC articles of organization provided by DELEG. Articles of organization require you to list your company name, purpose, address and contact information for your registered representative. Submit your articles of organization, along with the filing fee, to the address provided in the template.

Register for Michigan state taxes and workers' compensation insurance. State law requires both of these administrative details before an LLC can open its doors. Inform the Michigan New Hires Operation Center in the Department of Human Services of all your initial employees as well. Michigan LLCs are also required to notify the operation center every time they hire a new employee in the future.

About the Author

David Ingram has written for multiple publications since 2009, including "The Houston Chronicle" and online at As a small-business owner, Ingram regularly confronts modern issues in management, marketing, finance and business law. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts in management from Walsh University.

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