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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    United States

    How long does it take to register an LLC in California?

    I tried to help my friend to register his LLC in May (almost 6 months). He filled out the Article of Organization, paid $70. Then filled out the Statement of Information, paid $20.
    Until now, my friend didn't receive any documents from the Secretary so that he can open a Business bank account. I checked the status on Secretary website, and it's show "active".
    He also wants to pay $800 LLC Tax, but not sure how/where to pay cause he didn't get any info from the Secretary or Tax Board.

    Are we missing something? Any ways to contact the Secretary?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2006
    San Francisco
    Here is contact information for the SOS office. Sounds like something got lost in the mail to you or possibly the wrong address was entered.

    Regarding the $800 tax, all the documents and information are available on the same website above. I suggest getting an accountant if you need assistance with paying your taxes. Hope that helped.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Goleta, CA
    Given California's 20+ billion dollar budget deficit I expect additional worker furloughs to delay the application process. Why it's still a manual process I'll never know. Seems to me you should register online, pay the 800 dollar bribe and everyone looks the other way.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    the best way is to do this in person, go to secretary of state, corporate division, in your case i would say mail got lost, but you can always ask for certified copies of the documents
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