California Secretary of State LLC Search & Lookup

Step 1 – Go to the California Secretary of State.

California LLC Search

California LLC Search

Step 2 – Type in the search box (as seen above) the keywords that match the LLC you are searching. For our example, we will be searching the term ‘ford’. This is a broad search that will probably bring us many results, in your search you want to be as descriptive as possible to narrow down the results.

California LLC Search Results

California LLC Search Results

Step 3 – As you can see in the snapshot above, the request pulled 147 matching records. It also gives us a quick view of the LLC’s: Entity Number, Filing Date, Status, and Registered Agent’s Name. Click on the selected LLC and you will be brought to the Record’s Page.

California Business Entity Details

California Business Entity Details

Step 4 – You know have all the information about the LLC listed with the California Secretary of State’s office. Your search of an LLC is complete.

How to Create an LLC in California

Step 1 – Download and complete one of the Articles of Organization forms below:
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Step 2 – Attach the $70 filing fee (payable to the California Secretary of State) and send to: Business Entities, P.O. Box 944228 Sacramento, CA 94244-2280.

Step 3 – After receiving your official LLC in the mail, you will also be required to submit the Statement of Information within 90 days. You can either download and fill it in or fill it out online.
If you are doing a paper filing, send the form and $20 filing fee to the following address: Statement of Information Unit, P.O. Box 944230, Sacramento, CA 94244-2300.

*If you are seeking to open a bank account with your LLC, you will need to request a Tax ID (EIN) Number from the IRS. File Online and takes about 10 minutes and you will receive it instantly.

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