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Do I need a lawyer to Form a LLC in California?

The short answer is no.  The state of California does not legally require a lawyer to form a California Limited Liability Company (LLC)more...

Do I have to Reserve a Company Name before I Form a LLC in California?

You are not legally required to reserve a Company Name for a new California LLC before you submit your application to Form a LLC in Californiamore...

What if the California LLC Name I want is already taken?

If the Name you have chosen for your new California LLC is already in use by a currently active California Corporation or LLC, and you still want to use that LLC Name, then you will have to register a DBA Name with the county recorder in each California county in which you want to do business. "DBA" is an abbreviation for "Doing Business As."

In California a DBA Name is called a Fictitious Name.

We verify that the Name you have chose for your new California LLC is available before we submit your new LLC filing to the California Secretary of State.  If necessary we can register a Fictitious Name in California for you so that you can open your new California business as quickly as possible.

What do I have to do to Form a LLC in California?

6 things you have to do in order to Form a LLC in California. more...

What do I have to do after I form my California LLC?

5 things you have to do after you Form a LLC in California. more...

What information do I need in order to Form a LLC in California?

In order to Form a LLC in California you'll need certain specific information about your new Company including the LLC name and address; and the name and address of the new California LLC's Registered Agent.

How long does it take to Form a LLC in California?

Processing times for new California LLC applications vary depending on the work load of the Secretary of State's staff.  We've found that normal processing of new California Articles of Organization takes the state around 5-10 business days.  Add 2-3 days for the time period for shipping the final documents by mail.  Choosing our Express Mail option can shave a couple of days off the total processing time for your California LLC.
We are dependent on, and have no control over, the staff and systems of the California Secretary of State.

In our experience 5-10 business days is the time it usually takes the California Secretary of State to process a new California LLC application. We get your California LLC application to the CA Secretary of State ASAP. Once it is at the state we have no control over the new California LLC application process.

Are there any Expedited Processing Options for new CA LLC Filings?

California processing times for new California LLC filings can vary depending on the staff work load at the Secretary of State's office. The California Secretary of State offers a couple of expedited options for new California Limited Liability Company filings. For an additional $350 the California Secretary of State will guarantee a 24 hour turn around. For $750 the Secretary of State will guarantee a response by 4 PM the same day that the application to Form a new LLC in California was submitted.

How much does it cost to Form a LLC in California?

The state of California charges $126.00 to Form a LLC in CA.  If you choose us to help you Form a LLC in California our processing fees are $125.00.  This includes:
  • Same day processing of your new California LLC order
  • Name Check and Reservation
  • Prepare Articles of Organization
  • File Articles of Organization with the California Secretary of State
  • Certified Copies of Articles
  • California LLC Checklist
  • Priority Mail Delivery
  • Unlimited Customer Support

California Foreign LLC Qualification

You want to do business in the state of California but are registered as a Domestic LLC in another state.  In order to legally conduct business in the state of California you must register with the California Secretary of State as a California Foreign LLC. more...
For $125 our California LLC services include:
 Same day processing   explain
 Name Check and Reservation
 Prepare Articles of Organization
 File Articles of Organization
 Certified Copies of Articles
 CA LLC Checklist
 Priority Mail Delivery
 Unlimited Customer Support
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Expedited Service   explain
  $350 - 24 hours
  $750 - Same day
 Express Mail $25   explain
 S-Corporation Election $30   explain
 Initial Statement of Information $70   explain
 CA Registered Agent $135   explain
 LLC Operating Agreement $75   explain
 CA Good Standing Certificate $52   explain
 Federal EIN $65   explain
 CA LLC Kit and Seal $75   explain
 Business License Research $150   explain
Processing fees $125.00
California LLC fees $126.00
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Total cost $251.00
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  • We start processing your California LLC order as soon as it arrives.
  • We get your documents to the California Secretary of State in the quickest possible way.  If we receive your order before noon California time we will submit your California LLC application to the Secretary of State on the same day we receive it.
  • We guarantee our work.  If you're not satisfied with our California LLC services we will refund 100% of your processing fees.
  • We've been helping businesses Form LLCs in California for over ten years.  Our A+ BBB rating speaks for itself!

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