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Each state has different requirements for forming a limited liability company (LLC). To create an LLC in California, you must complete a Form LLC-12. Whether you are starting a business or incorporating a business already in existence, you'll want to understand the state requirements for LLC formation.
The LLC name must end with "Limited Liability Company," "LLC" or "L.L.C." The word “Bank” or variations of that name cannot be used. The name cannot be the same as or deceptively similar to that of another company formed or registered to transact business in California.
A California LLC is created when Articles of Organization are approved by the state. California does not require that the names and addresses of members/managers be listed in the Articles of Organization.
Every California LLC must appoint a registered agent as part of the formation process. The Articles of Organization require the name and address of a registered agent. The registered agent must have a physical address (no post office boxes) in California and must be available during normal business hours to accept important legal and tax documents for the business.
California requires LLCs to file an initial report with the state within six months of incorporating.
Professionals, such as accountants, attorneys and physicians, are not allowed to form professional limited liability companies (PLLCs) in California.
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