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The California Articles of Organization are the LLC forms that must be completed and filed with the state in order to incorporate an LLC.

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It is simple to file the California Articles of Organization!

We’ll walk you through the three simple procedures of submitting the California LLC Articles of Organization.

Get Forms for Your Articles of Organization

Complete the Articles of Organization Forms.

Forms of Articles of Organization must be filed.

Step 1: Obtain your Articles of Organization.

You may submit your California LLC1 Form Articles of Organization either by mail or online. Choose your chosen approach for this initial step from the list below.

Step two: Complete the Articles of Organization

We will assist you with completing the California Articles of Organization form in this phase.

To complete each step, you will need to know the following information:

Name and address of the entity

Agent for Process Service’s Name and Address

Type of Governing Authority

Name and address of the entity

A unique and clever company name is crucial, but it is not as necessary as a legally valid name.

When selecting a name for your company, you must ensure that the name:

fulfils California naming standards

is not already in use by another California firm.

The California Naming Guidelines should be followed:

The word “limited liability corporation” or one of its acronyms must be in your name (LLC or L.L.C.).

Your LLC’s name cannot include terms that may be confused with a government organisation (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.)

The phrases bank, trust, trustee, incorporated, inc., corporation, or corp. are not permitted in the name.

The name cannot include the terms “insurer” or “insurance firm,” or any other phrases implying that it is in the business of providing insurance policies and taking insurance risks.

The name must be distinct from that of any other LLC registered with the Secretary of State.

Examine Name Availability:

Is your surname legal in California? Do a name search on the California Secretary of State’s website to ensure that the name you choose isn’t already used.
Obtain a Domain Name:

We suggest that you check to see whether your company’s name is accessible as a web domain. Even if you don’t intend to create a company website right away, you may wish to purchase the URL to prevent others from doing so.

Agent for Process Serving

In other states, an agent for service of process, also known as a registered agent, receives and transmits legal papers on behalf of your LLC. When you form a California LLC, you must provide the name and address of your agent.

Your process server may be anybody over the age of 18 who resides in California. During normal business hours, your agent must always be accessible at the registered office. Your service of process agent’s address cannot be a P.O. box.
Following the Official Formation of Your California LLC

After filing your Articles of Organization, you should do the following:

Make a Business Agreement

Obtain an EIN

Establish a Business Bank Account

Purchase Licenses and Permits

Make a Business Agreement

A California LLC Operating Agreement is a legal document that defines your LLC’s ownership structure and member duties.

Although an Operating Agreement is not necessary in California to incorporate an LLC, it is a good idea to have one. You may begin working on your operating agreement before, during, or after filing your Articles of Organization.

Your operating agreement will be held in the private business records of your LLC; you will not submit it with the state.

To create a bespoke operating agreement for your LLC, use our free Operating Agreement Tool.

Obtain an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is your LLC’s equivalent of a social security number. If you want to recruit staff or create company bank accounts, you’ll need an EIN.

Establish a Business Bank Account

It is critical to use specific business banking and credit accounts to safeguard your company’s corporate veil. When you combine your personal and company accounts, your personal assets (house, vehicle, and other possessions) are at danger if your LLC is sued.

Purchase Licenses and Permits

When forming an LLC, you should consider if your company requires any licences or permissions to operate legally. On the federal level, a few corporate operations need licences and/or permissions.

Learn how to secure the licences and permissions required for your company, or hire an expert to handle it for you:

Federal: For federal business licences and permits, see the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

State: Visit California’s Starting a Business page to apply for or learn more about licences, permits, and registration.

Local: Inquire with your county clerk regarding local licences and permissions.