How to Start a Business in North Dakota (Step by Step Guide)

Starting Business in North DakotaAre you thinking about starting your own business in North Dakota? If so, then you have come to the right place!

On this page, you can find step by step DIY instructions on how to incorporate your business in North Dakota. From selecting the business entity type to forms to be filled, we have covered it all.

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The first step in setting up your business is to select the business structure.

Broadly there are 4 types of business entities that can be registered:

  1. Limited Liability Company (Most Popular)
  2. Corporation
  3. Sole Proprietorship
  4. Partnership

Each business structure differs on the basis of taxation, asset liability and estate planning. We have written a detailed tutorial on how to choose a business entity type for your business here.

Below we have given a broad outline of the steps involved in registering an LLC or Corporation in North Dakota.

Clicking on each step, opens up a detailed guide on how to complete it.

How to Start an LLC in North Dakota

Agency ResponsibleNorth Dakota Secretary of State – Business Services
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Organization (SFN 58701)
ModeMail or fax
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $10 (Mail)
Filing Fee$135
Time1 month
LawNorth Dakota Century Code, (N.D.C.C.), Chapter 10-32


  1. Search for business name availability on North Dakota SOS website
  2. File for Business name reservation (Optional)
  3. Select a Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Organization (SFN 58701)
  5. Draft an Operating Agreement
  6. Get an EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  7. Obtain business permit and license
  8. File annual report (Ongoing)

How to Start a Corporation in North Dakota

Agency ResponsibleNorth Dakota Secretary of State – Business Services
Form(s) to be filledNorth Dakota Business or Farming Corporation Articles of Incorporation (Form SFN 16812)
ModeMail or fax
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $10 (Mail)
Filing Fee$100
Time1 month
Lawfill later


  1. Search for a Business Name
  2. File for Business Name Reservation (Optional)
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Incorporation Domestic Business Corporation (Form 08-400) and send it to the office of the probate judge.
  5. File initial report (within 6 months of formation of LLC)
  6. Create Bylaws
  7. Get federal EIN Number
  8. Obtain business permit and license
  9. File annual report (Ongoing)


Last fact-checked on 25/07/2018

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