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California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is by far the most populous U.S. state, and the third most extensive (after Alaska and Texas). It is home to the nation’s second- and sixth-largest census statistical areas (Los Angeles Metropolitan Area and San Francisco Bay Area), and eight of the nation’s fifty most populated cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach and Oakland). The capital city is Sacramento.

Forming a Corporation in California

If you want to incorporate a corporation, Company Express will research the availability of chosen company name, prepare for you and file with the Secretary of State office all required corporate paperwork and obtain certified copy of filed documents, if it will be requested by the client.  We also will appoint registered agent for your corporation as required by the state law and help with many of your follow-up corporate needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing. You can find below some of the State incorporation requirements:

Corporate Name Requirements

The name of new California corporation should not be confused with names of existing profit, non-profit, professional corporations and trusts. Company Express’s help, will research your company name to make sure it meets California’s standards.

Permitted designations: California corporate names must contain one of the following words at the end of the name:

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

Restricted designations: The use of the following words in corporation’s name will require approval by the state:

  • Bank
  • Banc
  • Banking
  • Banque
  • Cooperative
  • Trust
  • Trustee
  • American Espirito Sport Fraternite
  • Citius Altius Fortius
  • Olympiad
  • Olympic
  • Pan-American
  • Paralympiad
  • Paralympic

Filing Requirements

Please note, that we, at Company Express, will handle all required incorporation filing for you. The following information is presented for your information only.

Required documents: Articles of Incorporation filed with the Secretary of State.

Turnaround time: About 40 to 50 business days. Expedited filings available for an additional fee.

Follow-up filings: Required. An Initial Statement of Information (Domestic Stock Corporation) is due within 90 days of filing Articles.

Officers/Directors Information

Minimum number: if corporation has one shareholder, then number of directors should be at least one, if two shareholders, then minimum number of directors should be two, in all other cases at least three directors are required.

Director qualifications: No provisions

Appearance in articles: The Director is not required to be named in the Articles of Incorporation.

Principal office location / Registered Agent

Corporation’s principal office may to be located outside of the state, but local registered agent is required.

Annual Reports

Time to file: Corporations must file annual statement of information during the first six-month period ending on the last day of the anniversary month of the incorporation. The state fee is $25. Starting from the second year, minimum annual franchise tax of $800 is due the 15th day of the third month after the close of the year.

Signatures: Not required. The Secretary of State will accept forms without a signature. E-mailed and faxed filing is accepted.

Forming an LLC in California

If you want to form an limited liability company (LLC), Company Express will research the availability of chosen company name, prepare for you and file with the Secretary of State office all required LLC paperwork, obtain certified copy of filed documents, if it will be requested by the client.  We also will appoint registered agent for your LLC, as required by the state law, and will help with many of your follow-up corporate needs such as amendment filings, written consents, and annual report preparation and filing. You can find below some of the State formation requirements:

LLC Name Requirements

Names of California Limited Liability Companies can’t be confused with any other active LLC. Company Express will research your company name to make sure it meets California’s standards.

Permitted designations: California LLC names must contain one of the following words at the end of the name:

  • L.L.C.
  • LLC
  • LTD. Liability Company
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Limited Liability Co.
  • Ltd. Liability Co.

Restricted words: The use of the following words in LLC names is required approval by the state:

  • Banc
  • Bank
  • Banking
  • Banque
  • Cooperative
  • Trust
  • Trustee
  • American Espirito Sport Fraternite
  • Citius Altius Fortius
  • Olympiad
  • Olympic
  • Pan-American
  • Paralympiad
  • Paralympic

Filing Requirements

Please note, that we, at Company Express, will handle all required incorporation filing for you. The following information is presented for your information only

Required documents: Articles of Organization.

Turnaround time: About 30-45 business days. Expedited filings are available for an additional fee.

Follow-up filings: Required. A Statement of Information must be filed within 90 days of filing the Articles of Organization.

Managers/Members Information

Minimum number: At least one manager/member is required.

Principal Office Location / Registered Agent:

LLC’s principal office may be located outside of the state, but local registered agent is required in California.

Annual Reports

Time to file: LLCs must file their biennial Statement of Information by the last day of the month that marks the anniversary of organization. The state fee is $20. Minimum franchise tax of $800 is also required, which is due within three months of incorporation and annually thereafter.

Signatures: No signature is required on forms. Emailed or faxed signatures are accepted.

Filing extensions: Not permitted.

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