Doing Business in the State of Nebraska
Nebraska state law requires all companies operating within its borders to be formally registered for business. For domestic companies, this means filing Articles of Organization or Incorporation that establishes the formal existence of your business entity. For “foreign” companies, this means completing an application registering your company to operate legally in the state.
Forming or registering your company for business in the State of Nebraska requires different steps depending on the nature of your business. Below are guidelines for both corporations and limited liability companies.
When forming your corporation, choose a name that contains the words, "corporation," "company", “Incorporated,” or "limited" or an abbreviation thereof. Complete the Articles of Incorporation and send an original and a copy to the Nebraska Secretary of State. Also submit payment for the following fees: $5 per page to cover the recording fee for the Articles, and a $60 minimum fee for the Articles, based on your corporation’s total authorized shares. Do not forget to publish a notice of your company’s incorporation in a legal newspaper near your registered office for three consecutive weeks.
When forming your LLC, choose a name that contains the words, “limited liability company,” “ltd. liability company,” or “ ltd. liability co.,” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.” or “LLC.” Designate a location where your records will be kept (Note: This does not need to be your official place of business or your formal registered office). Complete the Articles of Organization and send two originals to the Nebraska Secretary of State. Also send payment for the following fees: $10 for the certificate and $100 for the Articles of Organization, plus $5 for every page. Do not forget to publish a notice of incorporation in a legal newspaper near your registered office for three consecutive weeks.
When registering your corporation, your name must include the words, "corporation," "company" or "limited" or an abbreviation thereof. Complete an Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in the State of Nebraska and send two copies to the Nebraska Secretary of State. You will need to submit a certificate from your home state affirming that you are fully compliant with the laws of that state. Also submit payment for the following fees: $5 per page for the recording fee for the Application and $145 for the Application (plus $5 for each additional page listing officers and directors).
Foreign LLCs are subject to the same name restrictions as domestic LLCs (see above). Complete an Application for Certificate of Authority and send two copies to the Nebraska Secretary of State. You will need to submit a certificate from your home state affirming that you are fully compliant with the laws of that state. Also submit payment for the following fees: $10 for the certificate and $120 for the Application.
Registered Agent Requirements in Nebraska
When forming a new business or registering to do business in the state, Nebraska law requires that you designate a “registered agent.” This applies even for foreign companies that may already have a registered agent for their home state—your Nebraska agent must maintain a physical address in the state, where the agent can be reached during normal business hours. A registered agent is a person or company who agrees to represent your business and to receive “service of process” from the State. Service of process may include any legal files or notices the State may send you related to your company. Because these are important documents with deadlines, it is imperative that your registered agent is someone you can trust to perform this function responsibly.
National Registered Agents, Inc. (NRAI) offers professional registered agent services in the State of Nebraska, as well as all 50 U.S. states. At NRAI, we have a team of attorneys and corporate services professionals who know the Nebraska state laws well and can help your company stay fully compliant with state regulations. The breadth of our experience and knowledge ensures that your business maintains good standing with the state, which is essential for long-term growth.
If you’re interested in learning more about what NRAI can do for you, visit our website (www.registeredagent.com) to complete a quick quote form, or call us at (800) 520-6724. Through our highly personalized consultative services, we can help you find the solution that suits your company, no matter how large or small your business may be, and no matter where your business operates. With a comprehensive network of professionals across the entire nation, we can also serve your company regardless of which state you decide to expand to, today or in the future.