California Secretary of State

How To Start A Business in California?

California Secretary of State Service Request

  • Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Amendment, Certificate of Correction, Statement of Information, Statement and Designation by Foreign Corporation, Articles of Organization for LLC, Amendment of Articles of Organization, Application to Register a Foreign Limited Liability Company, Certificate of Limited Partnership, Application to Register Foreign Limited Partnership.
    Routine Service - Documents will be prepared and filed within 5 days of payment. Expedited Service You provide documents and we will file the day received. (1pm Cut off time) Expedited document preparation will be filed within 24 hours of payment receipt. The documents will be ready the next business day. Document preparation includes the following: 1 year of registered agent services & obtain EIN. Extra fee to obtain EIN number for non-US citizens.
  • Upload your signed prepared documents or email them to You will receive an email invoice which will include our fee and the fees payable to the California Secretary of State.

California Secretary of State

1500 11th Street, Sacramento, California 95814 (916) 653-6814 Start Your Company For Just $49 + State Filing Fees

California Secretary of State office is responsible for registering corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), and partnerships.


If you’re starting a business in California that’ll be classified as anything beyond a sole proprietorship, you’ll need to ensure that you go through the proper channels with your state’s regulations and tax filing requirements.

How to Start a Business including LLC’s, Corporations, & Partnerships

Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Partnership (LP, LLP, LLLP)

Choose Your Entity Name:

Perform a California Secretary of State Business Search to make sure that your business name is available.

Complete The Proper Paperwork:

File Your Paperwork & filing fees with the California Secretary of State:

By mail, in person or online.

Secretary of State