How to Form an LLC in California


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How to Form an LLC in the State of California under the Statute 17000-17005 and is valid for any resident of California to form a Domestic LLC within the State in order to operate a business.

1 Choose the Name of Your LLC. – You will have to operate your business under a name. Please choose a name that best fits your company and make sure that at the end of your name you have the words or abbreviations: “Limited Liability Company,” or its abbreviations “LLC” or “L.L.C.,” “Limited Company,” or its abbreviations “LC” or “L.C.,” “Ltd. Liability Company,” “Ltd. Liability Co.,” or “Limited Liability Co.”
To make sure that your name has not been taken, search the California Name Database

2 Fill in Application. – The official application to form an LLC in California is the Articles of Organization. You will need to completely fill in this form.

3 Send Articles of Organization. – You will need to send your completed Articles of Organization and submit to the California Secretary of State (address below) along with $70.
Secretary of State Statement of Information Unit P.O. Box 944230 Sacramento, CA 94244-2300

4 File Statement of Information. – Within 90 days of receiving your official LLC from the State of California, you will need to submit a Statement of Information to the Secretary of State along with a check for $20.
Failure to due this last step is a $250 fine.

Must be at least 18 years old to form an LLC in California.
Highly recommended to have an Operating Agreement
In order to register a bank account, you will need to Apply for a EIN Number.

California Articles of Organization –
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California Statement of Information –
Apply for an EIN Number –,,id=102767,00.html
California LLC Operating Agreement –

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