California's Legal Information

California Business Name Search, Secretary of State, and LLC Costs

California Articles of Organization Website:

California Business Name:

A free preliminary check of the availability of a name can be requested by mailing a completed Name Availability Inquiry Letter (download the form from the link above) to the Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento. Email and online inquiries cannot be accepted at this time.

Physical Address:

Secretary of State
Business Programs Division
1500 11th Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Mailing Address:

Secretary of State
Document Filing Support Unit
PO Box 944228
Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 657-5448

LLC Documents:

Filing Fee: $70; an additional $15 special handling fee for documents delivered in person to the Sacramento office.

Filing Instructions: Fill in form online, print, and mail to the Sacramento office only.

Comments: Registration of a limited liability company (LLC) with the California Secretary of State (SOS) will obligate an LLC that is not taxed as a corporation to pay to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) an annual minimum tax of $800.00 and a fee based on the annual total income of the entity. The tax and fee are required to be paid for the taxable year of registration and each taxable year, or part thereof, until a Certificate of Cancellation is filed.

For step-by-step audio instructions on how to prepare and file your Articles of Organization, check out our LLC Packages.


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