California State Business Services

California State is the beautiful sunshine state, home to millions of people and thousands of businesses.  It is a very popular state to form a business in and we have information about forming a corporation, LLC or finding other crucial business services for every company.

Incorporation in California

To incorporate in California, you'll need to file the correct documents with the California Secretary of State and pay the required filings fees.  You will get a copy of the filing once completed, but you can also get extra copies or a certified copy if you need one.   Most people will order the extra certified copy to have just in case, and this is just a small extra fee.  

Process for Incorporating in California

  1. You will need to have a business name the corp that is both available and distinguishable.  Once you have an idea about what you might like to name your business, you can conduct an online search for a California Corporation name.
  2. Once you have a good name, you will need to have the name of a Registered Agent.  The registered agent, is an individual who is willing to receive mail on behalf of the corporation at a specific address.
  3. You will need to supply a business address and mailing address.
  4. You need to supply information about the class of shares and the number of shares issued.
  5. You will supply a purpose for the business, which can be a general purpose statement for the business.
  6. Finally, you will need to have the articles signed by an incorporator.

The process of incorporating isn't too hard, and there are service companies who can help you to file the necessary documents if needed.  

Form an LLC in California

To form an LLC in California, you'll need to file Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State in Sacramento.  The documents can be mailed in, walked into a local Secretary of State office, sent via Fedex, or expedited for an additional fee.  Whichever method you choose to file, you'll need to make sure that you send in the appropriate payment with your filing.

Benefits of Filing LLC in CA

  • Limited liability protection - this is a benefit of both the LLC and the corporation entity type.  It can be really valuable in that it keeps a separation between the personal assets and business assets of the corporation.  This separation can be invaluable when a court makes judgment against a business owner. The personal assets typically are not responsible for satisfying a judgment.
  • Pass through taxation - The taxation passing through the business can save a lot of money for the business over time by avoid double taxation.  The concept of double taxation occurs when the business pays taxes on the income at the corporate level, then once again when retained income is distributed in the form of a dividend.

Naming an LLC in California

The LLC name must include: LLC, L.L.C., Limited Liability Company, Limited Liability Co., Ltd. Liability Company, or Ltd Liability Co.  You can conduct a business name search for an LLC name on the SOS website.  You may also want to reserve a domain name at the time that you start the process for registering your LLC.  If this is the case, you can visit

California Secretary of State Links:
Secretary of State Address :
California Secretary of State
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Secretary of State Phone :
(916) 657–5448
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