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Articles Of Organization LLC-1 - California

Articles Of Organization Form. This is a California form and can be used in Domestic Limited Liability Companies Limited Liability Companies Secretary Of State .
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Instructions for Completing Form LLC-1 Articles of Organization To form a limited liability company (LLC), complete the Articles of Organization (Form LLC-1). Before submitting the completed form, you should consult with a private attorney for advice about your specific business needs. Operating Agreements are to be maintained by the LLC and are not filed with the California Secretary of State. Fees: · · Required Filing Fee: A $70.00 filing fee is required to file these Articles of Organization (Form LLC-1). Faster Service Fee: o Counter Drop Off: A separate, non-refundable $15.00 counter drop off fee is required if you deliver in person (drop off) your completed document at our Sacramento office. The $15.00 counter drop off fee provides priority service over documents submitted by mail. 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 nonrefundable fee in lieu of the counter drop off fee. For detailed information about this faster processing service through our Preclearance and Expedited Filing Services, go to Counter and guaranteed expedite services are available only for documents delivered in person (drop off) to our Sacramento office. o o Copies: Upon filing, we will return one (1) plain copy of your filed document for fee, and will certify the copy upon request and payment of a $5 certification fee. To obtain additional copies or certified copies of this filed Articles of Organization, include payment for copy fees and certification fees at the time the Articles of Organization is submitted. Additional copy fees are $1.00 for the first page and $.50 for each attachment page. For certified copies, there is an additional $5.00 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). 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 Articles of Organization (Form LLC-1) as follows: Item Instruction Tips 1. List the proposed LLC name. The proposed name: · Must include LLC, L.L.C., Limited Liability Company, Ltd Liability Company, or Ltd Liability Co. If one is not provided, "LLC" will be added to the end of the LLC name when processed; · May not include the words: bank, trust, trustee, incorporated, inc, corporation, or corp; · May not include the words: insurer, insurance company, or any other words suggesting that the LLC is in the business of issuing policies of insurance and assuming insurance risks; and · Must be distinguishable from all other active foreign and domestic LLCs. · For general LLC name requirements and restrictions or for information on reserving an LLC name prior to submitting Form LLC-1, go to · A name reservation is not required to submit Form LLC-1. · A preliminary search of LLC names already of record can be made online through our Business Search at Please note: The Business Search is not intended to serve as a name availability search. For information on checking or reserving a name, refer to the name availability link above. LLC-1 Instructions (REV 06/2016) American LegalNet, Inc. 2016 California Secretary of State 2a. Enter the street address, city and zip code of the LLC's initial designated office in California. The designated office is where copies of the organizational documents, operating agreement financial and other business records must be kept. Enter the complete mailing address, city, state and zip code of the LLC if different from Item 4a. If Individual Agent: Enter the name and street address of the individual agent for service of process in California. If an individual is designated as the agent, complete Items 3a and 3b and proceed to Item 4, leaving Item 3c blank. · The designated office need not be the place of the LLC's activity in California. (Section 17701.13.) · Do not enter a P.O. Box address or abbreviate the name of the city. 2b. · This address will be used for mailing purposes and may be a P.O. Box · Do not abbreviate the city. · An Agent for Service of Process is responsible for accepting legal documents (e.g. service of process, lawsuits, subpoenas, other types of legal notices etc.) on behalf of the LLC. · There are two types of Agents that can be named: - an individual (manager, member or any other individual) who must reside in California with a physical California street address; or - a registered corporate agent qualified with the California Secretary of State. · Many times, a small LLC will designate a member or manager as the agent for service of process. · The individual agent should be aware that the name and the physical street address of the agent for service of process is a public record, open to all (as are all the addresses of the LLC and its managers or members named in filings.) 3a. & 3b. 3c. If naming a Registered Corporate Agent: Enter the name of the registered corporate agent exactly as registered in California, complete Item 3c and proceed to Item 4 (do not complete Items 3a and 3b). · Before a corporation is designated as agent for the LLC, that corporation must have a current agent registration certificate on file with the California Secretary of State pursuant to Section 1505, stating the address(es) of the registered corporate agent and the authorized employees that will accept service of process of legal documents and notices. · 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. 4. Check the applicable box to indicate if the LLC will be managed by "one manager," "more than one manager" or "all limited liability company member(s)." · Every LLC is required to have at least one member. If no manager is appointed or elected, all
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