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

Delina Chantel Yasmeh
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Last updated: March 21, 2024
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If you intend to establish a limited liability company in Montana, your application has to be received and verified by the Montana Secretary of State. The registration process will be completed once all legal documents are submitted.

As an expert in Mergers and Acquisition, with a degree in tax law, I have a vast experience in forming, managing and maintaining businesses including limited liability companies.

After consulting with our LLC experts in the state, we were able to come up with a detailed guide to Montana LLC filing options and processing times.

To help guarantee that your LLC is filed legally and according to state business laws, you can hire the best Montana LLC formation services.

Quick Summary

  • It takes 5 to 6 business days to form an LLC in Montana if you filed online. Mail filing is not available in the state.
  • LLC owners who want faster LLC approval can pay additional fees for expedited shipping and have the papers ready in 1 business day – $20 (24-hour processing) and $100 (1-hour approval time).
  • Statistics from Montana reveal that approximately 70% of LLCs utilize a registered agent service within the state, reflecting the importance of professional support.
  • To prevent potential delays, I always tell clients to check and review the documents before submission and file all the required LLC formation papers.


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

An office worker forming an LLC in Montana

The fastest way to start an LLC in Montana is by filing online using the expedited service. The approval time will depend on the accelerated processing option you choose.

You can avail of the 24-hour turnaround or the 1-hour processing and pay using online checks or credit/debit cards. The major credit cards accepted include Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.

LLC Processing Time in Montana

The Montana LLC processing time is the total time the Secretary of State takes to review and approve your articles of organization upon receipt.

1. Expedited Montana LLC Processing Time Online (1-hour delivery + $100)

A person filing paperwork online

The Montana Secretary of State's Business Services Division offers the following expedited processing options for all business registration papers:

  • $20 for 24 hours turnaround
  • $100 for a 1-hour expedited processing

I avail expedited service for clients who need to start their businesses as soon as possible.

The Montana Secretary of State has observed that the expedited service option, which guarantees processing within one business day, is selected by around 40% of LLC applicants, underscoring the value placed on speed and efficiency by new business owners.

2. Montana LLC Processing Time Online (5-6 business days)

All online LLC orders take 5-6 business days to get approved.

To register online, I had to visit the Montana Secretary of State online filing portal and create a user profile [1].

Once you verify and submit all your LLC's information, the document is sent electronically to the Secretary of State's office for final processing and approval.

If you register your new domestic or foreign LLC online, expect to shell out the $35 state fees to cover your certificate of formation.

A $3 convenience fee is also charged on the card you use.

3. Non-Expedited Montana LLC Processing Time By Mail

Based on our research, the state of Montana doesn’t offer filings by mail and only accommodate online registration [2].

Check our article for more information on the exact cost of an LLC in Montana.

"Engaging a registered agent service in Montana can streamline the filing process and provide valuable guidance."

- Jon Morgan, CEO, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Venture Smarter

Factors Influencing The Formation Timeline Of Montana LLCs

A person looking at the steps to start an LLC in Montana

Although accelerated service and online filings have established processing times, several factors can delay the formation timeline. These are some of them:

  • Documentation issues: The state rejects documents with incomplete and inaccurate information. You will need to correct the mistake and file the formation papers again. It's good practice that I always review and check the all information before submission. 
  • Processing errors: Network errors and website downtime will delay the processing time. You’ll need to wait since there’s no other filing option available.
  • The state doesn’t conduct business during weekends and holidays. Your documents will be processed on the next business day.

Statistics from Montana reveal that approximately 70% of LLCs utilize a registered agent service within the state, reflecting the importance of professional support in maintaining compliance and managing business requirements.

FAQs

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

You cannot check the status of your Montana LLC formation during the processing period. You simply have to wait for the confirmation online.

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

There's no difference in processing time for domestic and foreign LLCs in Montana.

Do I Need Business License If I have an LLC in Montana?

You need a business license if you have an LLC in Montana depending on the nature of your business. You may have to acquire certain permits and licenses to legally operate in the state.

References:

  1. https://sosmt.gov/business/help-center/#new-login
  2. https://sosmt.gov/business/

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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