Free California (LLC) Limited Liability Company Form - PDF Form Download
Download and File and fill it up and Mail the completely filled form to the Secretary of State office of California along with the fees of $70 and a separate, non-refundable $15 service fee should also be included if you Drop off the form.
Address of Secretary of State, California
Secretary of State
Business Entities, P.O. Box 944228
Sacramento, CA 94244-2280
Secretary of State
1500 11th Street., 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Text Version of the Form
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Changes to California Business Entity Filings effective January 1, 2013
As of January 1, 2013, new legal requirements apply to business entity documents filed with the
California Secretary of State’s office.
Entity and Agent Addresses
All formation/registration documents must include the business entity street address and mailing
All foreign corporation and foreign limited liability company registration documents must
include the street address of the principal business office address in California, if one exists.
All documents listing an individual person as an agent for service of process must include the
agent’s California street address. All corporate agents filing a certificate pursuant to California
Corporations Code section 1505 must include the California street address where process may be
served. A post office box address for an agent for service of process will not be accepted on any
Future File Date Requests
All future file date requests for corporation and limited liability company documents must be
included within the document submitted or as an attachment to be made part of the filed
Corporation and limited liability company documents received before January 1, 2013, with a
future file date on or after January 1, 2013, must comply with the entity and agent addresses
requirements listed above. This information may be included in an attachment as part of the filed
The Secretary of State will no longer endorse and certify customer-provided copies. However, a
customer who submits documents with a filing fee of $25.00 or more will receive one (1)
uncertified copy of the documents for free and, at the time of filing, the free copy may be
certified for a $5.00 certification fee. Customers requesting additional copies will be charged
$1.00 for the first page and $0.50 for each additional page. Each certified copy requires an
additional $5.00 certification fee.
Note: While domestic stock and foreign corporations are required to pay a total of $25.00 when
filing the required Statement of Information, the total fees include a $20.00 filing fee and a $5.00
disclosure fee. Therefore, customers requesting copies of a Statement of Information
(corporation or limited liability company) must include the copy fees described above.
SB 1532 – Business Entities Filings (Rev. 11/21/2012)
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Articles of Organization
of a Limited Liability Company (LLC)
To form a limited liability company in California, you can fill out this form,
and submit for filing along with:
– A $70 filing fee.
– A separate, non-refundable $15 service fee also must be included,
if you drop off the completed form or document.
Important! LLCs in California may have to pay a minimum $800 yearly
tax to the California Franchise Tax Board. For more information, go to
LLCs may not provide “professional services,” as defined by California
Corporations Code sections 13401(a) and 13401.3.
Note: Before submitting the completed form, you should consult with a
private attorney for advice about your specific business needs. This Space For Office Use Only
For questions about this form, go to www.sos.ca.gov/business/be/filing-tips.htm.
Proposed LLC Name The name must end with: “LLC,” “L.L.C.,” “Limited Liability Company,” “Limited Liability Co.,” “Ltd.
Liability Co.” or “Ltd. Liability Company;” and may not include: “bank,” “trust,” “trustee,” “incorporated,”
“inc.,” “corporation,” or “corp.,” “insurer,” or “insurance company.” For general entity name
requirements and restrictions, go to www.sos.ca.gov/business/be/name-availability.htm .
The purpose of the limited liability company is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which a limited liability
company may be organized under the Beverly-Killea Limited Liability Company Act.
Initial Street Address of LLC City (no abbreviations) State Zip
Initial Mailing Address of LLC, if different from 3a City (no abbreviations) State Zip
Service of Process (List a California resident or an active 1505 corporation in California that agrees to be your initial agent to accept
service of process in case your LLC is sued. You may list any adult who lives in California. You may not list an LLC as the agent. Do not
list an address if the agent is a 1505 corporation.)
Agent’s Street Address (if agent is not a corporation) City (no abbreviations) State Zip
Management (Check only one.)
The LLC will be managed by:
One Manager More Than One Manager All Limited Liability Company Member(s)
This form must be signed by each organizer. If you need more space, attach extra pages that are 1-sided and on standard letter-sized
paper (8 1/2″ x 11″). All attachments are made part of these articles of organization.
Organizer – Sign here Print your name here
Make check/money order payable to: Secretary of State By Mail Drop-Off
Upon filing, we will return one (1) uncertified copy of your filed Secretary of State Secretary of State
document for free, and will certify the copy upon request and Business Entities, P.O. Box 944228 1500 11th Street., 3rd Floor
payment of a $5 certification fee. Sacramento, CA 94244-2280 Sacramento, CA 95814
Corporations Code §§ 17051, 17052, 17375, Revenue and Taxation Code § 17941 2013 California Secretary of State
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