Vermont LLC Operating Agreement Template

Vermont LLC Operating Agreement Template

Last updated November 9th, 2021

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A Vermont LLC operating agreement is a document enacted by the founding members of a limited liability company to set forth key terms regarding the company’s function, the membership structure, and the framework of its internal affairs. An operating agreement can be executed anytime before or after registering the company with the Secretary of State (SOS). The provisions included in this type of agreement are company and member information, member contributions and distributions, management structure, meetings and voting rights, and what happens in the case of dissolution.


Types (2)

Single-Member LLC Operating Agreement – Used to establish governance over a limited liability company comprised of a single member.

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Multi-Member LLC Operating Agreement – Establishes the terms of governance of a limited liability company comprised of multiple members.

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How to File (5 Steps)

Step 1 – Naming the Company

An LLC, like any other entity operating in Vermont, must have a unique name. The LLC name must also comply with state statute § 4005.

To find out which business names have already been taken, the SOS provides a business search engine that can be used to look through all companies registered with the state.

Step 2 – Nominating/Hiring a Registered Agent

All states require businesses to select a registered agent to receive important legal and tax-related documents on behalf of the company.

A registered agent can be an individual, a member of the LLC, or a business entity that specializes in professional registered agent services.

It’s most common for the members to appoint the company accountant or attorney as the registered agent.

Step 3 – Forming the LLC

New LLCs must register with the Vermont Secretary of State by completing and filing the Articles of Organization online or by mail.


An account must be created to file the Articles of Organization online. Visit the SOS Online Business Service Center and click Create a User Account. On the following pages, information pertaining to the business or individual creating the account will have to be entered, and a password will have to be created.

Once the account is created, the Articles of Organization can be completed online and the filing fee of $125 can be paid by credit card.

By Mail

Download and complete the Articles of Organization and mail it to the address below with a check or money for $125 made payable to VT SOS.

Vermont Secretary of State
Corporations Division
128 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05633-1104

Step 4 – Executing an Operating Agreement

The members of the LLC should create an operating agreement to help govern the internal affairs of the business and set forth the terms of membership and management.

The operating agreement is kept internally with each member of the LLC and at the registered office; it needn’t be filed with the SOS.

Step 5 – Applying for an EIN

Most businesses in Vermont (there are a few exceptions) must apply for an EIN (Employer Identification Number) with the Internal Revenue Service.

An EIN consists of 9-digits and is unique to each entity in the US for tax-reporting purposes.

LLCs can visit the IRS EIN Assistant webpage to apply or complete an Application for Employer Identification Number (Form SS-4) and mail it to the address below.

Internal Revenue Service
ATTN: EIN Operation
Cincinnati, OH 45999


Filing Options: Online or by Mail


  • Domestic filing fee: $125
  • Foreign filing fee: $125
  • Name reservation: $20
  • Certificate of Good Standing filing fee: $25


  • Articles of Organization (PDF)
  • Application for Employer Identification Number (Form SS-4) (Online) | (PDF)