A Step-by-Step Guide to the Statement of Information for California LLCs

Guide to Submitting a Statement of Information for California LLCs

In California, corporations, LLCs, and certain other entities are required to file a Statement of Information with the California Secretary of State, either every year or every other year. Here’s what you need to know, and a step-by-step guide to filling out the Statement of Information for California LLCs.

See more about California LLCs.

If you have a corporation, see our Guide to Corporation Statements of Information

What is the California Statement of Information?

The LLC Statement of Information is simply a form to report certain basic information every year. This includes the LLC’s current address, who are the current managers or members, the current agent for service of process, and the primary activity of the business.

How often do California LLCs need to submit a Statement of Information?

California LLCs must submit a Statement of Information to the California Secretary of State every other year (that is, every two years), by the end of the month of the original registration. See your due date by searching for your LLC at the Secretary of State’s database.

What happens if I don’t file a Statement of Information?

If you don’t file a Statement of Information by the deadline, you may be subject to fines and your entity may be placed in suspended status. This would mean you may not be able to benefit from liability protection. See more about liability protection at our Guide to Business Entities.

Is the Statement of information available to the public?

Yes, anyone can easily access most statements of information on the California Secretary of State’s website.

How do I fill out an LLC Statement of Information?

Step 1: Go to https://bizfileonline.sos.ca.gov/. Create an account, or if you have already created an account, sign in to your account.

Step 2Find your business through the Search tab on the left. When you see your business in the search results, click on it. A panel will open on the right. On this panel, you should see a button that says File Statement of Information. Click on that.

Step 3: Complete the form with the following information.

Entity Information:

This should already be filled in with the business name, entity number, and the state or country of formation.

Business Address:

Provide the current street address of the principal office of the business (whether in California or outside California), the mailing address, and the address of the principal office in California.

Managers or Members:

List the names and addresses of the managers, or if there are no managers, the members of the LLC. See our Guide to California LLCs for more on this.

Agent for Service of Process:

Identify the individual or entity designated to accept legal documents on behalf of the business. This may be an officer, director, or a third-party registered agent.

Type of Business:

Briefly describe the type of business or services of the business (just a few words is fine, e.g. graphic design services).

Chief Executive Officer:

If you have a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), list the name and address. Otherwise, skip this.

Labor Judgment:

You may see the question: “Does an Officer or Director have an outstanding final judgment issued by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement or a court of law, for which no appeal therefrom is pending, for the violation of any wage order or provision of the Labor Code?”

Most businesses would answer No to this, but check with everyone involved with the business to be sure.

Processing Fees:

Pay the processing fees of $20.

Certified Copy: Most businesses do not need a certified copy of the Statement of Information filing.

Can I file the Statement of Information by mail?

Yes, you can alternatively file a Statement of Information by mail by downloading a form from the California Secretary of State’s website.

Further Resources

See our full Guide to California LLCs

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