How to File a California LLC Amendment
To update your California LLC’s Articles of Organization—the document that legally formed your company in California—you’ll file an Amendment to Articles of Organization with the California Secretary of State. There is a $30 fee for filing an Amendment to Articles of Organization, which you may submit by mail, in person, or online. We’ll show you everything it takes to file California Amendment to Articles of Organization in our free guide.
In this article, we’ll cover:
- Amending California LLC Articles of Organization
- California LLC Amendment to Articles Form Information
- Filing Amendment to Articles of Organization Forms
Amending California LLC Articles of Organization
When you start a California LLC by filing Articles of Organization, the California Secretary of State gathers ownership and contact information for your company. As your LLC grows in the future, you may need to update the information registered on state records about your business. Some, but not all of those changes can be made by filing Form LLC-2 – Amendment to Articles of Organization of a Limited Liability Company.
When should I file a California Amendment to Articles of Organization?
California LLCs file an Amendment to Articles of Organization when the LLC’s name needs changed, or if there is a need to update the LLC’s management structure from member-managed to manager-managed (or the other way around).
However, changes to your registered agent, the LLC’s principal address, or any information about managers or members must be made by filing a Statement of Information. This can be done for $20 when you submit your LLC’s biennial statement, or between filing periods for no fee.
Can I restate my initial Articles of Organization instead of filing an amendment?
Yes, you can restate your initial Articles of Organization instead of filing an amendment. File Restated Articles of Organization (form LLC-10) and pay a $30 fee when submitting online or by mail (in-person filings cost $45).
Restating your Articles of Organization allows you to create a single streamlined document created from your original Articles of Organization, any previous amendments, and any new amendments you would like to add at the time of filing.
Do I file an amendment if there was an error on my Articles of Organization?
No, if an error was made on your LLC’s Articles of Organization, you shouldn’t file an Amendment to Articles of Organization. You’ll want to file a Certificate of Correction (Form LP-11) instead. Certificates of Correction allow you to identify errors or other items to be corrected, and retroactively make those fixes effective as of when the Articles of Organization was filed.
Certificates of Correction can be filed by mail or in person for $30—in-person deliveries must also pay an additional $15 service fee. Currently, California does not give LLCs the means to file Certificates of Correction online.
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California LLC Amendment Form Information
No matter what you’re changing by amending your Articles of Organization, you’ll need to include the following information on your Amendment to Articles of Organization form:
- Business name: Provide your LLC’s exact name.
- 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 using the California Business Search.
- Amendment: Write what sections of the Articles of Organization are being amended. You may include a separate sheet of paper if necessary.
- Purpose statement: There is a section for your LLC’s statement of purpose. However, this information can’t be altered.
- Signature: The dated signature of someone authorized to act on behalf of the company.
Where do I change my business information when filing a California LLC amendment?
On section 3 of the form, you have the option of stating the proposed new name of your LLC. The new name must contain an indicator of its LLC status—the word “Limited Liability Company” or initials “LLC”.
To make other changes to your LLC, you can include new amendments for your LLC as attachments to section 6 of the form.
File a California Amendment to Articles of Organization Form
You may file the Amendment to Articles of Organization online, in person or by mail. Filing in person? The state charges a $15 special handling fee for such transactions—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.
California Secretary of State
Business Programs Division-Business Entities
PO Box 944260
Sacramento, CA 94244-2600
California Secretary of State
1500 11th Street, Room 390
Sacramento, CA 95814
T: (916) 653-6814
If all you need to amend is your LLC’s name, you can do that directly through the California Secretary of State’s online service, bizfileOnline. You’ll need to register an account to use this online method.
How much does a California Amendment to Articles of Organization cost?
Mailed submissions cost $30 to file. In-person filings will cost $45—this includes a $15 special handling fee. Want 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?
It takes approximately 5 business days after receipt by the Secretary of State to process California Amendments to Articles of Organization submitted by mail or in person. However, processing can take longer, depending on current workloads.