1 Instructions for Completing the Application to Register a Foreign Limited Liability company (Form LLC-5). To qualify a limited liability company (LLC) from another state or country to transact intrastate business in California, you must file an Application to Register a Foreign Limited Liability company (Form LLC-5) with the California Secretary of State. Form LLC-5 is required along with a current (within 6 months) Certificate of Good Standing issued by the agency where the foreign LLC is formed. The Certificate must certify that the LLC is in existence, in active status, or in good standing. Before submitting the completed form, you should consult with a private attorney for advice about your specific business needs and whether additional provisions for the LLC are needed.
2 Fees: Filing Fee: The fee for filing an Application to Register a Foreign Limited Liability company (Form LLC-5) is $ Faster Service Fee: - Counter and guaranteed expedite services are available only for documents submitted in person (drop off) to our Sacramento office. - Counter Drop Off: A separate, non-refundable $ counter drop off fee is required if you submit in person (drop off) your completed document at our Sacramento office. The $ counter drop off fee provides priority service over documents submitted by mail. The drop off fee does not apply to mail submissions. The special handling fee is not refundable whether the document is filed or rejected. - Guaranteed Expedite Drop Off: For more urgent submissions, documents can be processed within a guaranteed timeframe for a non-refundable fee in lieu of the counter drop off fee.
3 For detailed information about this faster processing service through our Preclearance and Expedited Filing Services, go to Copies: Upon filing, we will return one (1) plain copy of your filed document for free, and will certify the copy upon request and payment of a $5 certification fee. To obtain additional copies or certified copies of the filed document, include payment for copy fees and certification fees at the time the document is submitted. Additional copy fees are $ for the first page and $ for each additional page. For certified copies, there is an additional $ certification fee, per document. Payment Type: Check(s) or money orders should be made payable to the Secretary of State. Do not send cash by mail. If submitting the document in person in our Sacramento office, payment also may be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard ).
4 Processing Times: For current processing times, go to If you are not Completing this form online, please type or legibly print in black or blue ink. Complete the Application to Register a Foreign Limited Liability company (Form LLC-5) as follows: Item Instruction Tips 1a. Enter the name of the LLC exactly as it Enter the name currently used in the state, foreign country is shown on the Certificate of Good or other place where the LLC is formed. Standing from the foreign jurisdiction. The name in Item 1a must match the name listed in the Certificate of Good Standing that is required to accompany your completed Form LLC-5. There are legal limitations on what name can be used for the LLC. For general LLC name requirements and restrictions or for information on reserving an LLC name prior to submitting Form LLC-5, go to A name reservation is not required to submit Form LLC-5.
5 LLC-5 Instructions (REV 01/2017) 2017 California Secretary of State 1b. If the name of the LLC does not comply California Corporations Code section requires: with California Corporations Code section ; enter an alternate name to - The LLC name must include: LLC, , Limited be used in California exactly as it Liability company , Limited Liability Co., Ltd. Liability is to appear on the records of the company , or Ltd. Liability Co. California Secretary of State. See Filing Tips. - The LLC name may not include: bank, trust, trustee, incorporated, inc., corporation, or corp. - The LLC name may not include: insurer, insurance company , or any other words suggesting that the limited liability company is in the business of issuing policies of insurance and assuming insurance risks. - The name is not likely to mislead the public and is distinguishable from other LLC's of record or reserved with the California Secretary of State.
6 A preliminary search of LLC names already of record can be made online through our Business Search at Please note: The Business Search is only a preliminary search and not intended to serve as a formal name availability search. For information on checking or reserving a name, go to 2a. Enter the date your LLC was formed The date must match the formation date listed in the attached using the following format: Certificate of Good Standing, if specified in the Certificate. MM/DD/YYYY. 2b. Enter the state, foreign country or other The jurisdiction must match the jurisdiction listed in the place of origin where the foreign LLC is attached Certificate of Good Standing. formed. 2c. This statement is required. Do not alter. 3a. Enter the complete street address, city, The complete street address is required, including the state and zip code of the LLC's Principal street name and number, city, state and zip code.
7 Executive Office address. Address must be a physical address. Do not enter a Box, an in care of address, or abbreviate the name of the city. 3b. Enter the complete street address, city, The complete street address is required, including the state and zip code of the LLC's Principal street name and number, city and zip code. Office in California, if any. Address must be a physical address in California. Do not enter a Box, an in care of address, or abbreviate the name of the city. 3c. If different from the address in Item 3a, This address will be used for mailing purposes and may be a enter the mailing address of the LLC's Box address or in care of an individual or entity. Principal Executive Office. Do not abbreviate the name of the city. LLC-5 Instructions (REV 01/2017) 2017 California Secretary of State 4.
8 The LLC must have an Agent for An Agent for Service of Process is responsible for accepting Service of Process. legal documents ( service of process, lawsuits, other types of legal notices, etc.) on behalf of the LLC. There two types of Agents that can be named: You must provide information for either an individual OR a registered corporate agent, not both. an individual ( member, manager, or any other individual) who resides If using a registered corporate agent, the corporation must in California with a physical California have a current agent registration certificate on file with the address; OR California Secretary of State as required by Section 1505. a registered corporate agent qualified with the California Secretary of State. 4a & b. If Individual Agent: The complete street address is required, including the street name and number, city and zip code.
9 Enter the name of the initial agent for service of process and the Do not enter a Box address, an in care of address, or agent's complete California street abbreviate the name of the city. address, city and zip code. Many times, a small LLC will designate a member or If an individual is designated as the manager as the agent for service of process. initial agent, complete Items 4a and The individual agent should be aware that the name and the 4b ONLY. Do not complete Item physical street address of the agent for service of process is 4c. a public record, open to all (as are all the addresses of the LLC provided in filings.). 4c. If Registered Corporate Agent: Before a corporation is designated as agent for the LLC, that corporation must have a current agent registration certificate Enter the name of the initial on file with the California Secretary of State as required by registered corporate agent exactly Section 1505 stating the address(es) of the registered as registered in California.
10 Corporate agent and the authorized employees that will If a registered corporate agent is accept service of process of legal documents and notices on designated as the initial agent, behalf of the LLC. complete Item 4c ONLY. Do not Advanced approval must be obtained from a registered complete Items 4a and 4b. corporate agent prior to designating that corporation as your agent for service of process. No California or foreign corporation may Register as a California corporate agent unless the corporation currently is authorized to engage in business in California and is in good standing on the records of the California Secretary of State. Provide your Registered Corporate Agent's exact name as registered with the California Secretary of State. To confirm that you are providing the exact name of the Registered Corporate Agent, go to 5.