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How Do I Register My Out-of-State Company in California?

Note: Out-of-state businesses are known as “foreign.” This doesn’t mean the company is from a different country.

Corporations

  • File a Statement and Designation by Foreign Corporation
  • Submit a Valid Certificate of Good Standing from your home state
  • Hire a Registered Corporate Agent (appointed on your Statement)
  • File Statement of Information (must be filed within 90 days after initial filings)
  • California Filing Costs: $125 (does not include Certificate of Good Standing)

LLCs

  • File an Application to Register a Foreign Limited Liability Company
  • Submit a Valid Certificate of Good Standing from your home state
  • Hire a Registered Corporate Agent (appointed on your Application)
  • File a Statement of Information (must be filed within 90 days after initial filings)
  • California Filing Costs: $90 (does not include Certificate of Good Standing)

All filings go to the California Secretary of State’s office. There is an additional $15 service fee if you drop off the filing in person.

California does not require us to sign your filing in order to give our consent to be your agent of process.

Filings generally take three weeks, but you can opt for one of the expedited options if you want your business filing done faster.

Expedite Options:

  • One-week Courier: $75 additional
  • 24-Hour Courier: $475 additional