California Statement of Information
To keep your California LLC or corporation in good standing with the Secretary of State, you’ll need to file a Statement of Information form either every year or every other year, depending on your business type.
If you don’t file your Statement of Information, the California Secretary of State will charge steep penalties and potentially even forfeit or suspend your right to do business, so it’s important to stay on top of this requirement.
Below, we’ve answered some of our most frequently asked questions about filing the California Statement of Information.
How do I file a Statement of Information?
When is a Statement of Information due?
When I first form my business, do I need to file an initial Statement of Information?
What’s the Statement of Information fee?
What if I forget to file?
How do I keep my information private when filing a Statement of Information?
Will you file my Statement of Information?
The California Statement of Information can be filed online, by mail, or in person. To find the form, you’ll need to search the California Secretary of State’s Business Programs website for your business.
• California LLCs can file online by clicking “LLC Statements of Information File Online” and following the directions.
• California corporations can file online by clicking “Corporation Statements of Information File Online and following directions.
• To file by paper or in person, both LLCs and corporations can find the appropriate Statement of Information form under “Forms, Samples and Fees for Business Entities.”
In each case, you’ll have to find your business record by searching for your business name or entity number.
The due date for your California Statement of Information depends on what kind of business entity you have and when you initially formed your company.
• Corporations must file a California Statement of Information every year by the last day of the month the corporation was formed. So if you formed your corporation on June 10th, you’ll have to file your Statement of Information every year by June 30th.
• California LLCs must file a Statement of Information every two years by the last day of their anniversary month. So if you formed your California LLC on June 10th of an odd-numbered year, you’ll file your Statement of Information by June 30th of the next odd-numbered year.
Why yes, you do! Your first Statement of Information is due within 90 days of forming your California LLC or corporation. When you hire us to form your California LLC or corporation, we file your first Statement of Information for you, since it’s a necessary step in starting a business in California.
The filing fees for the California Statement of Information differ by entity type.
If you forgot to file your Statement of Information, don’t panic. You have a 60-day grace period after your due date to file your California Statement of Information without a late fee. But after the 60-day grace period is up, you’ll owe a $250 late fee and the Secretary of State may suspend or forfeit your business. If that happens, you’ll lose the right to do business in California until you revive your LLC or corporation.
It’s true that whatever you list on the Statement of Information is posted on the California Secretary of State’s website. This can create a problem for web-based workers or anyone who wants to keep their personal address off the public record.
We solved that problem. When you hire us to file your California Statement of Information, we’ll list our California business address on your Statement of Information everywhere we can – that includes for members, managers, and officers. This can help you avoid identity theft and campaigns from aggressive marketers.
When you hire us to form your California LLC or incorporate in California, we’ll file your initial Statement of Information as part of our service. After that, we’ll send you reminders as your due date approaches. Then we’ll automatically file your Statement of Information for you for $100 plus the filing fee. You can opt out of this service easily through your secure account.