California Statement of Information

When you form a business entity in California, you are required to file a Statement of Information within 90 days of submitting your formation filing. After your Initial Statement of Information filing, you are required to file subsequent updates either annually or bi-annually, depending on your entity type.

State law requires the filing of a Statement of Information for both California LLCs and corporations. Failure to file will result in fines, penalties and the loss of your authority to conduct business within the state.

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If you’re concerned about forgetting to file your Statement of Information or simply don’t want to deal with the hassle, for $120 you can add-on Statement of Information Compliance when you hire us as your California registered agent or form an LLC or corporation, and we’ll file the Statement of Information on your behalf.

You can also file the Statement of Information on your own. Keep reading below to learn more.

California LLC Statement of Information

A California LLC files an Initial Statement of Information within 90 days after filing its Articles of Organization, and every two years after that. If you form your company in an even-numbered year, then you file your LLC Statement of Information in even-numbered years only.

An LLC must file by the last day of the month in which it was formed or in any of the previous six months before. For example, if you formed your LLC in January, then your “filing window” is between the first day of August and the last day of January.

There is a $20 filing fee. You can file the Statement of Information online.

What Information is Listed for LLCs?

  • LLC Name
  • 12-Digit Secretary of State Filing Number
  • Business Address (Street and Mailing)
  • Managers or Members
  • Agent for Service of Process (California Registered Agent)
  • Type of Business
  • Chief Executive Officer

You SOS Filing Number can be found above the file stamp at the top of your Articles of Organization. It can also be found by doing a business entity name search online.

You must list at least one member or manager. Every LLC is California is required by law to have at least one member or manager.

The Chief Executive Officer is the person that occupies the highest position in your LLC hierarchy, regardless of their actual title.

California Corporation Statement of Information

A California corporation files an Initial Statement of Information within 90 days after submitting Articles of Incorporation and every year after that.

Corporations have a five month filing window. You can submit a Statement of Information in your month of incorporation and any of the five previous months. For example, if you formed your corporation in May, your filing window is between January 1 and May 31. You must submit the Statement of Information whether or not your company has conducted any business.

There is a $20 filing fee and a $5 disclosure fee. You may file online.

Publicly traded corporations must submit a Corporate Disclosure Statement annually in addition to a Statement of Information.

What Information is Listed for Corporations?

  • Name of the Corporation
  • California Corporate Number
  • Business Street and Mailing Addresses
  • Officer Names and Addresses
  • Director Names and Addresses
  • Agent for Service of Process (California Registered Agent)
  • Type of Business

Your California corporate number is issued by the Secretary of State and can be found on your stamped copy of your Articles of Incorporation. It can also be found by conducting a business name search.

Every California corporation must have at least three officers (Chief Executive Officer, Secretary, and Chief Financial Officer). These roles can be held by the same person. The actual titles may be set differently in your bylaws, but these roles must be filled.

You cannot list a PO Box as the address of your California registered agent. This was previously possible, but state law now requires a physical street address. A corporation cannot act as its own registered agent.