How to Start An LLC in California

To start an LLC in California you must file Articles of Organization with the California Secretary of State, pay a $70 filing fee, and get a tax ID from the IRS. The complete steps to forming a California LLC are as follows:

  1. File California LLC Articles of Organization
  2. Pay a minimum of $70 to the California Secretary of State (+$5 for a certified copy)
  3. Wait for your certified copy of your approved Articles
  4. Get a Federal EIN tax ID for the LLC
  5. Create a California LLC Operating Agreement
  6. Take these documents to the bank and get a California LLC bank account