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How to File a California LLC Amendment

To amend your Articles of Organization for a California LLC, submit an Amendment to Articles of Organization with the California Secretary of State. You’ll also need to include a $30 (mail) OR $45 (in-person) filing fee. Here we provide free instructions for how to file the Amendment to Articles of Organization yourself.

Amend Articles of Organization for a California LLC

The information on your initial Articles of Organization may need to be updated as your California LLC grows. For the most part, these changes can be made by filing the California Amendment to Articles of Organization.

When should I file the California Amendment to Articles of Organization?

A California LLC files the Amendment to Articles of Organization when the LLC’s name or management structure needs to be updated.

However, changes to your registered agent, principal address, or manager/member information, must be made by filing a Statement of Information. You can do this when submitting your biennial statement ($20) OR when you’re between filing periods ($0).

What do I include in the California Amendment to Articles of Organization?

You’ll need to include the following information in your Amendment to Articles of Organization:

  • Business name: Provide the exact name of your LLC.
  • Entity filing number: Enter the 12-digit number assigned to your LLC by the California Secretary of State. If you don’t know your number, you can find it by searching the California business database.
  • Amendment: Write all relevant amendments. You may include a separate sheet of paper if necessary.
  • Purpose statement: Include your LLC’s statement of purpose. This can’t be altered.
  • Signature: Sign and print the name of the person filing the amendment. This must include at least one manager or member.
  • Fees: Include a $30 (mail) or $45 (in-person) filing fee.

Note that the amendment must be typed or handwritten in black or blue ink.

How do I file the California Amendment to Articles of Organization?

You may file the Amendment to Articles of Organization in person or by mail. Filing in person? The state will charge you a $15 special handling fee—making your total $45. This can be paid using a credit card or check made payable to Secretary of State. Mailed submissions can only be paid by check.

How much does the California Amendment to Articles of Organization cost?

Mailed submissions will cost $30 to file. In-person filings will cost $45—this includes a $15 special handling fee. Need expedited service? Add an additional $350 (24 hours), $500 (4 hours), OR $750 (same day). All expedited requests must be filed in person.

To request 4-hour processing, your amendment must be pre-cleared first. Pre-clearance allows you to submit your business filing to the state—in person only—and determine if your document complies with state laws. This will cost between $250 and $500.

How long does it take California to process the Amendment to Articles of Organization?

Standard processing (by mail and in person) for the California Amendment to Articles of Organization is approximately 5 business days after receipt. However, it could take longer depending on current workload.

Can I restate the initial articles instead of filing an Amendment to Articles of Amendment?

Yes, you can restate the initial articles instead of filing an amendment. Simply file Restated Articles of Organization (form LLC-10) and pay the $30 (mail) OR $45 (in person) filing fee.

Where do I submit the California Amendment to Articles of Amendment?

Amendments to articles are filed with the California Secretary of State.

Mail filings:
California Secretary of State
Business Programs Division-Business Entities
PO Box 944260
Sacramento, CA 94244-2600

In-person filings:
California Secretary of State
1500 11th Street, Room 390
Sacramento, CA 95814
T: (916) 653-6814

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