LLC and Corporation State Approval Times

Once you have purchased your LLC from TotalLegal.com, the state in which you formed your LLC has to process and approve it. How long does this take? The table below shows the average state processing times. However, it is very important to understand these processing times are not set in stone, as different factors can sometimes prolong the approval process.

State Approval Time
AKStandard: 10-15 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: Immediate Approval
ALStandard: 7-10 business days
ARStandard: 10-15 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-3 business days
AZStandard: 15-25 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 15-20 business days (automatically expedited)
CAStandard: 10-15 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 3-5 business days
CTStandard: 15 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 3-5 business days
DCStandard: 7-10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 6-10 business days
DEStandard: 7-10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 10-15 business days
FLStandard: 12-15 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 7-10 business days
GAStandard: 14-21 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 14-21 business days
HIStandard: 5-7 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 5-7 business days
IAStandard: 3 weeks
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-2 business days
IDStandard: 3 weeks
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-3 business days
ILStandard: 10-14 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-5 business days
INStandard: 5-10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-2 business days
KSStandard: 7-10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: Immediate Approval
KYStandard: 7-10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-2 business days
LAStandard: 7-10 business days
MAStandard: 5-10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-2 business days
MDStandard: 10-14 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 7-10 business days
MEStandard: 5-10 business days
MIStandard: 5-10 business days
MNStandard: 7-10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-2 business days
MOStandard: 6-10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: Immediate Approval
MSStandard: 3-4 business days
MTStandard: 6-10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-4 business days
NCStandard: 6-10 business days
NDStandard: 1-2 weeks
TotalLegal Full Service: 5-7 business days
NEStandard: 5-7 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-5 business days
NHStandard: Up to 7 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 4- 6 business days
NJStandard: 1-2 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: Immediate Approval
NMStandard: up to 15 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 3-5 business days
NVStandard: 5-10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-3 business days
NYStandard: 7-14 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-3 business days
OHStandard: 7-10 business days
OKStandard: 5-10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-3 business days
ORStandard: 5-10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-3 business days
PAStandard: 10-14 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 18-21 business days
RIStandard: 7-10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-2 business days
SCStandard: 10-14 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-3 business days
SDStandard: 3-5 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-2 business days
TNStandard: 10-14 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: Immediate Approval
TXStandard: 1-3 business days
UTStandard: up to 2 weeks
VAStandard: 10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-2 business days
VTStandard: 5-10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-3 business days
WAStandard: 7-10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 5-7 business days
WIStandard: 10-14 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: 1-3 business days
WVStandard: 5-10 business days
WYStandard: 7-10 business days
TotalLegal Full Service: Immediate Approval

What factors can affect processing times?

* US Postal Service – if you are forming a business in a state where paper filing is the only option, then your filing is subject to the speediness (or lack thereof) of the US Post Office (both on the way to the state, and then back from the state after approval). With the pandemic underway, it can become a challenging task to predict normal mailing times.

* High Volume Filings – states anticipate lengthier turnarounds typically at the end of the year (November-December) and again in the months leading up to the IRS federal tax filing deadline. States also anticipate large numbers of filings at the end of each quarter: late March, late June and late September.

* State website upgrades or maintenance – For the most part, states will undergo website upgrades or maintenance in the evenings or overnight or on the weekends. However, there are times when a state website will be down for a couple of days or longer, which will affect processing times for business entities that are filed online.

* Manual review by state filing examiners – final determination of name availability for both paper filings and electronic filings not instantly approved are subject to manual review by state filing examiners. If there is a question of whether the business name is available, or if there are other questions regarding information contained in the Articles/Certificate of Organization, this can slow down the approval process significantly.

It is especially important to remember to be patient during the pandemic, as uncertain and unpredictable factors regarding state approval times are also possible.