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California LLC

Forming LLC in California

The Process

California limited liability companies are formed by filing Articles of Organization with California Secretary of State. The entire filing process in California greately depends on the season and the choice of expedited options. Generally it varies from 2 to 3 weeks with regular filing, but periodically can be as long as 2 months or as short as 1 week. Expedited options exist for extra fee. We recommend you to contact our office to check the most recent processing times. To learn more about forming an LLC in California you can visit California State government website.

NOTE: Once the LLC is formed, you must file Statement of Information - a document listing addresses, members and managers of the LLC, as well as some other related information. No worries - our service covers filing of Statement of Information.

Name Identifiers and Abbreviations

The name of the California limited liability company must end with one of the following words/abbreviations:

  • LLC
  • L.L.C.
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Limited Liability Co.
  • Ltd. Liability Company
  • Ltd. Liability Co.

Operating Agreement

The Operating Agreement helps protect your company’s limited liability status and prevents your company from being run by the default rules created by your state. Unlike most other states, California mandates all LLCs to have Operating Agreement.

Additional Filings

Depending on the nature of your business some additional filings could be necessary to complete the proper set up of your LLC. Click on the items below to learn about each:

IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: Most municipal jurisdictions in California require businesses operating within the municipal limits to obtain a Business License. That includes home based business. Check with your municipal government if such license is required and how to obtain it (we also offer License Research service, and will research all licenses that your business might need).

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We will prepare and file your LLC application quickly and professionally with California Secretary of State, as well as other state and federal authorities - all you need to do is complete our simple application below.

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