Benefits of a California LLC

By
Leela Hopkins
VPM Staff
Updated
October 2, 2020

A California LLC offers business owners asset protection and pass-through taxation.

To start getting these advantages the Articles of Organization must be filed with the office of the California State of Secretary when forming an LLC in the state.

These documents are a formal application to legally establish the existence of your LLC in the state of California and they outline the main details of your new startup. They tell the state of California how your LLC will be managed by its own members or by separate managers.

Articles of Organization in the State of California must include the following:

  • Name of the LLC
  • Business address of the LLC’s California office
  • Registered agent’s information
  • Name and signature of the organizer filling out the form. You can use a home address if you don’t have an office address. However, be aware that the address you list here will be made available to the public.

The filing fee for Articles of Organization is $70. You can file this online, by mail or in person, with the Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento, CA. Once it is approved, the state will send you a stamped copy of your Articles of Organization and a 12-digit identification number that you will use on other state paperwork.

Ready to form your California LLC? Follow our guide to register your California LLC.