Business & Commercial Services (BCS)


For New Businesses

NOTICE:

Due to staffing shortages, all corporation/LLC filings are delayed. Listed below are current as of August 2022:

1.  All mailed in documents: 1-2 weeks

2.  All dropped off documents: 7 days

3.  All online filings: 48-72 hours

 

To start a new business entity, follow the steps below:

1.  Download the SOS "DOING BUSINESS IN ARKANSAS" booklet HERE

2.  If you have any questions, visit our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page HERE

3.  Search for your BUSINESS NAME AVAILABILITY HERE

           Note: make sure your business name is available before filing

           For NAME AVAILABILITY GUIDELINES, click HERE

4.  New Business Filings:

           To file YOUR NEW ENTITY ONLINE, click HERE

           To file via PDF PAPER FORMS, click HERE

5.  To apply for an EIN (Employment Identification Number) with the IRS, go to this website

AFTER you have filed and received your new entity from the Secretary of State

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/how-to-apply-for-an-ein