How Long Does It Take To Form an LLC in Indiana (Full Guide)

Delina Chantel Yasmeh
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Last updated: December 20, 2023
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To form an LLC in Indiana, you must comply with state requirements and submit all pertinent documents to streamline the process and expedite the approval of your registration.

Since I worked as a Mergers and Acquisitions specialist for several years and have a Master's Degree in tax law, I helped entrepreneurs restructure businesses and create new joint organizations.

In collaboration with our seasoned business experts and legal advisors in the state, we conducted extensive research regarding LLC formation in Indiana, as well as the turnaround period.

Quick Summary

  • It takes 2-3 weeks to form an LLC in Indiana by mail. Online filing is made via the InBiz website and can be approved instantly.
  • The Secretary of State in Indiana doesn't offer expedited processing for LLC registration documents.
  • In-person applications are processed within 2-3 weeks of submission. 
  • Most of my colleagues and clients who started an LLC in Indiana recommend using the InBiz website if you want your business to start immediately.


What is The Fastest Way to Start an LLC in Indiana?

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The fastest way to start an LLC in Indiana is by filing online since the approval can be granted instantly after payment confirmation and if there’s less filing traffic.

Indiana LLCs can file their registration documents online on the InBiz website.

To access the filing forms, you must have an Access Indiana Account, which you create with your email, password, official name, and phone number.

If you have all your information ready, the online business entity report filing process should take around 15 minutes to complete [1].

LLC Processing Time in Indiana

The LLC processing time in Indiana accounts for the total time the SOS takes to verify your LLC's business forms.

In Indiana, the different filing methods offered by the SOS have varying processing times.

Here's a detailed description of each filing.

1. Non-Expedited Indiana LLC Processing Time By Mail (2-3 weeks)

When I filed my application through the mail, I received my application within 2-3 weeks.

When submitting a paper filing to the SOS office, ensure the following:

  • The form is correctly filled out and signed by an incorporator/director
  • You write the official SOS mailing address on the envelope
  • You attach the correct filing fee amount

Large and small businesses in Indiana can make mail filing payments only via money orders or checks - no cash or credit cards.

All LLC mail filings are delivered to this principal office address:

302 West Washington Street, Room E-018, Indianapolis, IN 46204

2. Indiana LLC Processing Time Online (1 business day)

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The Secretary of State in Indiana takes a few hours or up to 1 business day to review your registration papers, and they'll email you once approved.

I prefer filing online because it's more convenient and the applications are approved quicker.

3. Processing Time In Person (2-3 weeks)

When I had to file in person, I discovered that the Indiana SOS treats hand-delivered LLC papers the same as mailed ones. So, expect a 2-3 weeks delivery turnaround.

Once you fill out your details on the certificate of organization form, submit it to the Secretary of State's office along with the filing fee.

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Factors Influencing The Formation Timeline Of Indiana LLCs

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The processing time may be delayed because of the following reasons:

  • Volume of filings: The processing time is delayed due to the high volume of applications received by the state. 
  • Documentation issues: If your documents have incomplete and inaccurate details, the state won’t process your application. You’ll have to factor in the time it takes for you to correct the issue and refile the documents. 
  • Weekends and holidays: Since the agency doesn’t review and process filings during this period, I make it a practice to submit early in the working week. 

FAQs

Where Can I Check the Status of My Indiana LLC Formation During the Processing Period?

You can check the status of your Indiana LLC formation during the processing period by contacting the Secretary of State at 317-232-6576 or accessing your Indiana account.

Is There a Difference in Processing Time for Domestic and Foreign LLCs in Indiana?

There is no difference in processing time for domestic and foreign LLCs in Indiana. Your application is reviewed in the order it was received.

References:

  1. https://inbiz.in.gov/BOS/SOS.Business/Transition?New=true

About The Author

Author
Delina Chantel Yasmeh, J.D./Tax LL.M, specializes in Mergers and Acquisitions at Deloitte and PwC, managing billion-dollar transactions. Educated in Accountancy at California State University and holding advanced degrees from Loyola Law School, she is highly skilled in tax law. Delina also dedicates time to pro bono work for women and children.
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LJ Viveros has 40 years of experience in founding and scaling businesses, including a significant sale to Logitech. He has led Market Solutions LLC since 1999, focusing on strategic transitions for global brands. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Communications, LJ is also a distinguished Matsushita Executive alumnus.
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