Matt Horwitz - Founder and Educator at LLC University

California LLC FAQs

Answers to the most common questions when forming an LLC in California. How to start an LLC in California, how much does it cost, how long does it take, who can be my Registered Agent, where to get the forms, and more.

California LLC Fees

This article explains the costs to form an LLC in California. Filing the CA Articles of Organization costs $70, the Statement of Information is due every 2 years ($20), and the required LLC Annual Tax is $800. Continue reading for full details on costs to forming a California LLC.

California LLC for Real Estate

As a California real estate investor, it’s important to make sure your personal assets are protected. Forming a California LLC will keep your assets protected in the event of a lawsuit. Slip-and-falls, renovation errors, and falling debris are far too common. If you buy property in your personal name (instead of through your LLC), your personal assets are at risk if you get sued.

California LLC Search (step-by-step instructions)

When forming an LLC in California, your desired LLC name must be distinguishable and available for use. Follow this step-by-step guide on how to search an LLC name with the California Secretary of State.

How to Reinstate a Colorado LLC

If you have shut down your LLC and need to reinstate it (“reopen” it), you can do so at any time. You need to file what’s known as the Articles of Reinstatement. The filing fee for the Articles of Reinstatement is $100. It can only be filed online (cannot be filed by mail) and you’ll need to pay the $100 filing fee with a debit or credit card.

Colorado LLC Search (step-by-step instructions)

One of the first steps in forming an LLC in Colorado is to make sure your desired LLC name is available for use. You’ll compare your desired LLC name against the names of existing businesses registered in Colorado. This guide will walk you through the process step-by-step guide and teach you how to use the Colorado Business Entity Search.

How to Cure a Colorado LLC Delinquency

A Colorado LLC becomes “Delinquent” when it fails to file a Periodic Report within 4 months after the Periodic Month. If your LLC is marked “Delinquent”, you won’t be able to do business in Colorado. Your LLC can stay in “Delinquent” status for an unlimited period of time. If you don’t cure your “Delinquent” status in 400 days, your LLC name becomes available to others. To cure your LLC’s “Delinquent” status, submit a Statement Curing Delinquency with the CO Secretary of State. Filing this document can only be done online.

Colorado Registered Agent (you have 4 options)

You need to designate a Registered Agent when forming a business in Colorado. Most website don’t tell you the truth though: you can be the Registered Agent, your company can be it’s own Registered Agent (unique to Colorado), or a friend or family member can be your Registered Agent. The purpose of a Registered Agent is to accept Service of Process (legal mail) on behalf of your company.

Starting a Business in Colorado

This guide will walk you through the 7 Steps to Starting a Business in Colorado. Tips on coming up with business name, getting your website started yourself, registering your business with the Colorado Secretary of State, and more! Read this guide for a simple, step-by-step process.

Colorado LLC Requirements

You’ll need to complete 5 simple steps to form your Colorado LLC, and 2 things to keep it in good standing. The 5 steps to form a Colorado LLC are: Choose Your LLC Name, Select Your Registered Agent, File Your Articles of Organization, Create and Sign Your Operating Agreement, Get your Federal Tax ID Number from the IRS. To keep your Colorado LLC in good standing with the state, you’ll need to annually: Submit your LLC’s Periodic Report and File any Colorado State Taxes.