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Secretary Murray Marks Great Seal's 125th Anniversary
Today is the 125th Anniversary of the Great Seal of the State of Wyoming and our Office is commemorating this day! 125 years ago, on February 8th, 1893, the Second Wyoming Legislature established this Seal. Watch Secretary Murray describe what the Seal continues to represent for the citizens of Wyoming!Posted by Wyoming Secretary of State on Thursday, February 8, 2018
1. Choose an Entity Type:
It’s important to consider what type of business entity (such as LLC, Corporation, Sole Proprietorship) you would like to form. For some of the pros and cons of each entity type, see the The Choice is Yours on our website. Once you decide or if you need help deciding, you may want to consult a legal advisor.
2. Choose a Company Name:
Choose a name and then search to see if it is available. For more information on names and name availability, see How to Choose a Company Name. There are entity-specific name requirements, such as: a limited liability company name must contain a form of “LLC”.
3. Find a Registered Agent:
All business entities filed in Wyoming must have a registered agent to accept service of process. You as an individual might qualify to be the registered agent for your company. See How to Find (or Become) a Registered Agent for more information.
4. Complete the Correct Form or File Online:
Profit and Nonprofit Corporations and Limited Liability Companies have the option to file online https://wyobiz.wy.gov/Business/RegistrationInstr.aspx. Forms for paper filing can be found on our website http://soswy.state.wy.us/Forms/default.aspx, select “Business,” the desired entity type, and “Wyoming Entities.”
5. Filing Fees:
- The filing fee for most entities is $100.00; Nonprofit Corporations are $25.00.
- Paper Filings: Check or money order payable to: Wyoming Secretary of State
- Online Filings: Visa or MasterCard credit cards and Visa or MasterCard authorized debit cards are accepted. A $2.00 convenience fee will be added to the filing fee.
6. Processing Time:
- Paper filings: Documents are processed in the order in which they were received, typically taking about 3-5 business days. Paper filings cannot be expedited.
- Online Filings: Company is active as soon as the online filing process is completed.
7. Filing Confirmation:
- Paper Filings: If you include an e-mail address on the form we will send an e-mail with a copy, a certificate, and a receipt. (If you send an extra paper copy, we will mail it back.)
- Online Filings: Articles, certificate and, receipt are available to download after payment.
8. Maintaining Your Entity:
- Annual reports are due every year on the first day of the month in which the company was filed. The report will ask for updated mailing and contact information, and may also ask for the value of the assets located in Wyoming and/or Officer/Director information.
Additional Contact Information
- Wyoming Business Council (Licensing and Permitting Questions, Small Business Assistance) Ph. 307.777.2843 or: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Department of Workforce Services (Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment Insurance) Ph. 307.777.8650
- Internal Revenue Service (Tax ID / EIN)
How to Find or Become a Registered Agent
Does my company need a registered agent?
- All business entities filed in Wyoming shall have and continuously maintain in this state a registered agent to accept service of process. Failure to maintain a registered agent results in the dissolution or revocation of the business entity.
Who can be a registered agent?
- The registered agent may be an individual resident in Wyoming or a business entity (foreign or domestic) authorized to transact business in Wyoming. The registered agent must have a physical address in Wyoming, which is not a post office box or a drop box.
- An individual may serve as the registered agent for a business entity if they: are at least 18 years of age, reside in Wyoming, and have a physical Wyoming address, which is not a post office box or a drop box.
- A form called Consent to Appointment by Registered Agent must be originally signed by the registered agent and must accompany new entity filings. (If filing online, the filer will be asked to certify that they have received a similar written consent and must keep it for future reference.)
What does a registered agent do?
- If the business is sued, the legal documents are served to the agent.
- Registered agents are required to keep certain information about the companies they represent on site at the physical Wyoming address. Information includes: “Key Individuals” (name and address of directors, officers, limited liability company mangers or members, or anyone else in a similar capacity) and a “Communications Contact” (The name, address, and business phone number of a natural person who is authorized to receive communications from the registered agent and is not an employee of the registered agent) This information is provided to law enforcement or upon request by the Secretary of State’s Office.
How do I find a registered agent?
- If you do not qualify to be the registered agent for your company, a roster of Wyoming Commercial Registered Agents is provided on our website at: (Please note that this list is provided as a service to aid prospective business entities in finding a registered agent. It is not a comprehensive list. Some agents do not want their information to be public. This is neither an advertisement nor public endorsement of any agent appearing on this list. It is the business entity’s responsibility to research agents before contracting with one.)
How do I change my registered agent?
- A business entity may change its registered agent from one company or individual to another using the Statement of Change by Business Entity form, which must be originally signed and mailed to our office.