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Incorporating in California

The Process

California corporations are formed by filing Articles of Incorporation 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 incorporating in California you can visit California State government website.

NOTE: Once the corporation is formed, you must file Statement of Information - a document listing addresses, officers and directors of the corporation, 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 corporation must end with one of the following words/abbreviations:

  • Inc.
  • Corp.
  • Co.
  • Ltd.
  • Incorporated
  • Corporation
  • Incorporation
  • Company
  • Limited

Bylaws and Minutes of Meetings

Bylaws is an important corporate document, serving as the "constitution" of the corporation. It defines various aspects or ownership and management of the corporation, as well as other aspects of corporation's existence. To properly establish, maintain and manage the affairs of the corporation directors and shareholders must meet periodically, and those meetings should be documented (minutes of meetings). Bylaws, minutes of all meetings, as well as other corporate documents, must be kept with your corporate records and are not filed with the state.

California mandates all corporations to have bylaws, and properly maintain minutes of all meetings taking place. We can provide you with standard bylaws and minutes of initial meetings of directors and shareholders, as well as other important documents such as stock ledger and bills of sale of shares to initial shareholders.

Additional Filings

Depending on the nature of your business some additional filings could be necessary to complete the proper set up of your corporation. 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 incorporation 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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