How Long Does It Take To Form An LLC In Utah? (Full Guide)

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Last updated: June 21, 2024
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If you plan to start a Utah LLC, you probably have questions about the filing process and how long it will take to form a limited liability company in this state.

As a business consultant and tax expert, I’m familiar with the processing times and the requirements you need to start an LLC in the state.

Furthermore, these leading LLC formation services in Utah can guide you through the entire process of initiating your corporation in Utah and expedite the proceedings.

In this article, we will review the amount of time it takes to start a limited liability company in Utah using different filing methods.

Quick Summary

  • It takes 2 to 3 weeks to form an LLC in Utah if you filed by mail and 1 day if you applied online. 
  • Utah offers expedited processing by mail for an additional fee of $75. It takes 1 to 2 business days for the application to be approved.
  • According to the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code, approximately 85% of LLC formations are submitted online.
  • I learned that there are several factors that affect the formation time for Utah LLCs – volume of application, documentation issues, time of the year and weekends or holidays.


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

Looking at documents about LLC Processing time in Utah

The fastest way to start an LLC in Utah is by filing online. The application is processed within 24 hours.

Once your LLC is approved, you can directly download all your documents from the state website, including your organization certificate.

There is no additional wait to get the documents for your Utah LLC when you submit online.

You file at the One Stop Business Registration Site for Utah and pay the state filing fee of $54 [1].

"Factors like application volume and documentation accuracy can notably impact the LLC formation timeline in Utah."
- Jon Morgan, CEO, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Venture Smarter

LLC Processing Time in Utah

The processing time for Utah LLCs will depend on the method of filing. You can file your limited liability company via mail, online, or fax.

1. Expedited Utah LLC Processing Time By Mail (1-2 Business Days)

Using a laptop to file online

Utah offers expedited processing for an additional $75 state fee.

After thorough research, we learned that this fee expedites filing and guarantees your request will be processed within 1 to 2 business days. Expedited processing fees need to be paid in addition to the state fees [2].

2. Non-Expedited Utah LLC Processing Time By Mail (2-3 Weeks)

If you form a foreign LLC or domestic LLC in Utah, standard filing by mail typically takes two to three weeks to get approved.

The actual filing takes around 3 to 7 business days, with additional processing time for your prior written consent and all paperwork necessary to form your LLC to be sent to you by mail.

According to my colleagues,the Secretary of State office will process the documents depending on the order they were received.

3. Utah LLC Processing Time Online (1 Business Day)

Small business owners organizing documents

When forming an LLC online, you can expect the application to be processed within 24 hours. I always advise my clients to file online to save time.

According to the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code, approximately 85% of LLC formations are submitted online, reflecting the business community's preference for the convenience and speed of digital services.

4. Utah LLC Processing By Fax (2 Business Days)

If you file your documents by fax with the state's office, you can expect the LLC processing time to occur within two business days.

Factors Influencing the Formation Timeline of Utah LLCs

Looking at a document file to start LLC in Utah

There are certain factors that affect the processing times for Utah LLCs. These include the following:

  • Volume of application: Since paper submissions are reviewed manually to ensure compliance with state laws, the processing time for paper submissions may be extended.
  • Documentation problems: Documents lacking or having inaccurate information will prolong the formation process.
  • Time of the year: I remember filing at the end of the year. Expedited mail service took longer than usual because most businesses file or renew their application at the beginning or end of the year.
  • Weekends and holidays: Since public offices don’t conduct business during weekends and holidays, the formation process is delayed.

The Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code's data shows that less than 5% of LLC applications require manual review or additional documentation, indicating a high level of efficiency and automation in the state's LLC registration system.

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FAQs

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

You can check the status of your Utah LLC formation during the processing period by contacting the Division of Corporations and Commercial Code through chat or call.

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

There is no difference in processing time for domestic and foreign LLCs in Utah, the state processes all documents within the standard approval period.

Do I Need A Business License For An LLC In Utah?

You need a business license for an LLC in Utah. You should apply for a license on the county or city where your LLC is located.

References:

  1. https://corporations.utah.gov/business-entities/considerations-in-forming-a-limited-liability-company/
  2. https://corporations.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/currentfees.pdf

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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