How Long Does It Take To Form An LLC In South Dakota? (2023)

Jon Morgan
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Last updated: February 21, 2024
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If you’re planning to establish a South Dakota LLC, you have to consider the processing time, costs, and the factors that may affect the formation process.

Since I'm a business consultant with over a decade of practice, I worked with multiple clients and helped them form limited liability companies in various states.

After consulting LLC experts in South Dakota, I’ll share with you the insights I gathered regarding the processing and approval times of each filing method offered by the state.

To help you with the process, you can employ an LLC formation service. These top LLC formation services in South Dakota can guide you through the process and help create your limited liability company.

Quick Summary

  • It takes 3 to 5 business days to form an LLC in South Dakota if you filed by mail while online filings are approved in real time. 
  • South Dakota offers expedited filing option by mail which costs $50 plus the filing fee of $165. The LLC is approved within 1 to 2 business days.
  • The South Dakota Secretary of State reports that over 40% new LLC filings use expedited processing services, which guarantee LLC formation within 2 business hours.
  • My experience has shown it’s important to submit the proper documentation, requirements and pay the corresponding fees to avoid any delays.

What is The Fastest Way to Start an LLC in South Dakota?

Shaking hands after discussing about llc processing time in South Dakota

The fastest way to start an LLC in South Dakota is by filing your documents using the online platform. The application is processed in real time.

To file online, visit the South Dakota Secretary of State website’s Division of Business Services. Payments available for online processing include MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express cards [1].

There is no additional cost for filing online, you’ll only need to pay the corresponding LLC application fee.

LLC Processing Time in South Dakota

The LLC processing time in South Dakota varies depending on the method of filing you choose – online, paper submission or expedited option.

1. Expedited South Dakota LLC Processing Time By Mail (1-2 business days)

Using laptop to file online

South Dakota offers expedited service for mail filings at an additional cost of $50. The last time I filed for an LLC, the approval time took 1 to 2 business days [2].

You can download and print the articles of organization form online and mail it to this address:

Secretary of State Office

500 E Capitol Ave Pierre, SD 57501

(605)773-4845 [3]

2. Non-Expedited South Dakota LLC Processing Time By Mail (3-5 business days)

Forming an LLC in South Dakota by mail typically takes 3 to 5 business days to be approved.

In my experience, the actual filing takes around 1 to 2 business days, with additional processing time for your South Dakota LLC documents to be sent to you by mail.

There is an additional $15 processing fee when filing by mail. This fee is in addition to the initial LLC cost [4].

3. South Dakota LLC Processing Time Online (Immediate approval)

Group of businesspeople having a discussion

If you file online, you can expect the request to get processed immediately. That's why I prefer online filng for an efficient and convenient transaction.

Once payment is approved, a PDF copy of your certificate of organization is immediately available for download. Note that the Secretary of State won’t send mail and e-mail copies of this document.

The South Dakota Secretary of State reports that the use of expedited processing services, which guarantee LLC formation within 2 business hours, has been utilized by over 40% of new LLC filings, highlighting the demand for even faster business formation services.

Factors Influencing The Formation Timeline Of South Dakota LLCs

Comparing two different files for LLC in South Dakota

There are several factors that affect the formation timeline of South Dakota LLCs. These are some of them:

  • Workload or volume of application: Your application may also be delayed if the agency has to process a considerable volume of applications. Technical problems or a depleted workforce may compound this.
  • Documentation issues: If the document contains inaccurate information or is lacking the required data, the state agency will not proceed with the application. I always tell my clients to review the forms before submitting them.
  • Processing errors: Processiong errors or payment issues may delay the application as well. Be sure to use the right payment method.
  • Weekends or holidays: Government agencies don’t typically conduct business during the weekends or holidays, as such, the processing time would be prolonged. To prevent delays with the application, I always file after this period.

"Ensure all documents are correctly filled to avoid unnecessary delays in your South Dakota LLC formation."

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

State records reveal that approximately 60% of all South Dakota LLCs are formed in the sectors of retail, construction, and professional services, indicating predominant industry trends among new businesses in the state.

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You can check the status of your South Dakota LLC formation during the processing period by contacting the Secretary of State.

Can a Registered Agent Expedite the Process of Forming an LLC in South Dakota?

A registered agent can't expedite the process of forming an LLC in South Dakota since the processing and approval times are determined by the state. However, they can help you stay compliant with state business laws.

Do I Need an LLC Business License In South Dakota?

You need an LLC business license in South Dakota, even though your limited liability company does’t have a physical location.

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About The Author

Co-Founder & Chief Editor
Jon Morgan, MBA, LLM, has over ten years of experience growing startups and currently serves as CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Venture Smarter. Educated at UC Davis and Harvard, he offers deeply informed guidance. Beyond work, he enjoys spending time with family, his poodle Sophie, and learning Spanish.
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