How To Start A Business In California | CA Secretary of State
Are you ready to start your business in California?
Per the California Secretary of State, you have the ability to establish; corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), and Partnerships (LP, GP, LLP, SP). To create one of the above entities, you must submit the appropriate filing fees and forms to the California Secretary of State located at 1500 11th street 3rd floor Sacramento Ca 95814.
- Limited Liability Company (LLC)
- Partnership (LP, GP, LLP, SP)
The most common reason that your application to register you entity is denied is because of the business name. In order to guarantee that the name you are requesting is available, you must search the California business database.
How to Register Your Business In California
Step 1- Choose the correct business name. California has a business search function that you can use for a quick reference as well as long form name-inquiry and name-reservation processes. Find out more about these state procedures at our business search and name reservation pages.
Step 2- You must now provide your filing information into the PDF application that is associated with your business type. We have provided further instructions within the tutorials linked below.
- Domestic General Stock Corporation
- Domestic Professional Corporation
- Domestic Close Corporation
- Domestic Non-Profit Religious Corporation
- Domestic Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation
- Domestic Non-Profit Mutual Benefit Corporation
- Domestic Common Interest Development Association
- Foreign General Corporation
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation
- Foreign Professional Corporation
- Foreign Insurer Corporation
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
- Domestic Limited Liability Company
- Foreign Limited Liability Company
- Domestic Limited Partnership
- Domestic General Partnership
- Domestic Limited Liability Partnership
- Foreign Limited Partnership
- Foreign Limited Liability Partnership
- Foreign General Partnership
- Sole Proprietorship
Step 3- After completing whichever forms your entity requires for recognition, you will need to submit them to the office of the Secretary of State either by mail or in person (forms submitted in person carry with them a special handling fee which differs from form to form). Each form has its own associated fees (divulged below) and submission address. Applications sent by mail must be attached to a check made payable to the Secretary of State and sent to the address below.
Secretary of State Business Entities
P.O. Box 944260
Sacramento, CA 94244-2600
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- Domestic General Corporation- $100
- Domestic Professional Corporation- $100
- Domestic Close Corporation- $100
- Domestic Nonprofit Religious Corporation- $30
- Domestic Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation- $30
- Domestic Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation- $30
- Domestic Common Interest Development Association- $30
- Foreign General Corporation- $100
- Foreign Nonprofit Corporation- $30
- Foreign Professional Corporation- $100
- Foreign Insurer Corporation- $100
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
- Domestic Limited Liability Company- $70
- Foreign Limited Liability Company- $70
- Domestic General Partnership- $70
- Domestic Limited Partnership- $70
- Domestic Limited Liability Partnership- $70
- Foreign General Partnership- $25
- Foreign Limited Partnership- $70
- Foreign Limited Liability Partnership- $70
- Sole Proprietorship- (fees vary)
You have to reserve your business name with the California Secretary of State to secure the rights to use that chosen business name. You can reserve the entity name through the mail or through our name reservation service. Our firm provides corporation/LLC name availability searches and reservations.
Every California corporation must have an agent for service of process in the state. This is an individual or corporation that agrees to accept legal papers on the corporation's behalf if it is sued. A corporation may not service as its own agent for service of process. The agent should agree to accept service of process on your corporation's behalf prior to designation.
The agent may be: (1) an individual who resides in California, or (2) a corporate agent that has filed with the Secretary of State a Certificate Pursuant to Section 1505, California Corporations Code. The agent must have a physical street address in California, not a post office box. Small corporations typically name a director or officer to serve as the initial agent. A different agent can always be named later.
The Secretary of State maintains a list of private service companies that can act as the agent for service of process; however, not all such companies are on the list. Our firm is a 1505 registered agent and we provide Resident Agent Services.
Certificate of Status
The Certificate of Status can be obtained by downloading the Business Records Entities – Order Form (available here), completing it, and submitting it along with all due fees (by mail: $4, in person: $4 + $10 special handling fee) to the office of the Secretary of State of California in Sacramento. We can deliver your Business Records Entities - Order Form to the Sacramento Secretary of State.
Here are some sample agreements that I found online. You may be able to use these to form your entity.
- Corporate Bylaw
- LLC Operating Agreement
- Partnership Agreement