There are a number of important steps required to successfully register a Limited Liability Company (LLC) in California. Hiring an experienced attorney will help ensure each of these steps is completed properly.

One important step is to file a "Statement of Information," form LLC-12, with the Secretary of State. This guide will help walk you through the process of filling out and filing this form.

When Must I File a Statement of Information?

  • You must file a Statement of Information within 90 days of filing your Articles of Organization form.
  • Additionally, after the initial filing, you must file a Statement of Information once every two years.

What Do I Need to Include in a Statement of Information Form?

The Statement of Information form primarily just requires certain names and addresses associated with the LLC. Most of this information was already included in your Articles of Information form.

Specifically, the 15 items of information required are:

  1. Name of the LLC
  2. LLC Number Issued by the Secretary of State
  3. State or Place of LLC Organization
  4. Item four is a checkbox that allows you to skip the rest of the form if you have previously filed a Statement of Information for the LLC and there are no changes to add.
  5. Complete address of the Company’s Principal Executive Office (No P.O. boxes)
  6. Complete Mailing Address (if different than the headquarters)
  7. Street Address of California Office
  8. Name and Address of CEO
  9. Name and Address of Manager(s)
  10. Name and Address of Manager(s)
  11. Name and Address of Manager(s)
  12. Name of the Agent for Service of Process
  13. Address of Agent for Service of Process, if they are an individual
  14. Description of the General type of Business Activity of the LLC
  15. Name and Title of Individual completing the form

How Do I File my Statement of Information?

Finally, you must file your completed Statement of Information Form. There is a $20 filing fee for both the initial filing and the bi-annual filings afterward. Checks can be made payable to the Secretary of State. You can file online at with the California Secretary of State or you can file:

By Mail:

Secretary of State

Business Entities, P.O. Box 944228

Sacramento, CA 94244-2280

In Person:

Secretary of State

1500 11th Street., 3rd Floor

Sacramento, CA 95814.

Should I Contact an Attorney?

It can be extremely helpful to hire an experienced business lawyer to ensure that you complete all the steps necessary to successfully register your LLC in California.