Michigan LLC Operating Agreement Templates

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A Michigan LLC operating agreement is a legal document that is used by managing, contributing members of an entity or by a sole proprietor who wishes to establish their policies and procedures to file with the State. The State of Michigan does not require that any business possess this document within their business in order to operate within the State. It must be clear, however, to all businesses, that without this document, the owner or members of the company could be held liable in any court in the event of litigious activity against the business. By completing and filing this document with the State, owner’s/member’s personal and financial assets would not be legally accessible. This does not mean that the members/owners are not liable for any damages, but they will not be forced to sell or liquidate personal property to satisfy claim(s). As well, as long as this document has been implemented, the owner/members will have access to tax benefits not otherwise available.

Owner(s)/members should review the document for clarity. If they are unable to clearly understand the documented language, they should consider legal consultation with a knowledgeable attorney.

Michigan Limited Liability Company Act (Act 23 of 1993) – § 450.4101 to § 450.5200

Operating Agreement Laws§ 450.4308

State Definition – § 450.4102(r)

By Type (2)

Multi-Member LLC Operating Agreement – For use by companies who have more than one (1) member who would like to collectively establish, by unanimous agreement, full company policies and procedures. They will also have the ability to establish member and financial protections.

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Single-Member LLC Operating Agreement – For use by sole proprietors who would like to prepare and file the document within their state to establish procedures, policies, and purpose of their single owner company.

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How to Form an LLC in Michigan (6 steps)

Individuals filing in the State of Michigan should confirm the availability of their business name before commencing with their LLC registration. The State allows filers to search the Corporations Division’s records to confirm that any name chosen is indeed available and not similar to that of any other name currently registered.

Step 1 – Choose Registered Agent

Included in the initial formation documents must be the name and address of your Registered Agent. The Registered Agent is an individual or corporation appointed by the LLC to receive correspondence on the company’s behalf.

Step 2 – Which Type

Choose your entity type from the following options:

*Foreign applicants must include with their filings a Certificate of Good Standing to prove the validity of their organization.

Step 3 – Attach the Filing Fee

Both Foreign and Domestic applications must include a $50 non-refundable filing fee, payable by check or money order. Have your remittance made out to the ‘State of Michigan’ and attach it to your filings.

Step 4 – Submit your Application

You may submit your application to the State by mail or in person. If filing by mail, send your documents to the first address listed below. Otherwise, deliver it by hand to the second address.

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau, Corporations Division, P.O. Box 30054, Lansing, MI 48909


2501 Woodlake Cir, Okemos, MI 48864

Step 5 – Operating Agreement (optional)

An LLC operating agreement is a written document that the managing member(s) may implement upon filing for formation in the State. The agreement provides legal documentation of the financial interest of each member which will be quite useful in the event of litigation or legal disputes between members.

Step 6 – Employer Identification Number (EIN)

The Internal Revenue Service, in almost all cases, requires a business to obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN). This identifier will be necessary if the LLC wishes to pay employees or open bank accounts. To apply for an EIN, complete the Online Application or submit Form SS-4 by mail.

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