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WA corp. wants to open shop in CA

Asked by: Ryan - 1 June, 2012
We have a woodshop in WA and want to open a shipping and assembly shop in CA. What licenses will I need to do this?
Answered by: Mary Dubitsky - 4 June, 2012
Dear Ryan,

I presume your wood shop is registered as LLC or Corporation with WA Secretary of State. The company will likely need to register with the CA Secretary of State as a foreign entity. This is required if a company is regularly ???transacting business??? in California. A physical location in CA is generally considered to meet that threshold.

You may need to obtain a California sellers permit depending on whether the CA location will be "selling merchandise or other tangible personal property in California."

Your business may also need to obtain a local business license for the city or county that the CA shop will be located.

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