LLC-1 Instructions (REV 11/2020)
California Secretary of State
Instructions for Completing the
Articles of Organization (Form LLC-1)
To form a limited liability company (LLC), you must file Articles of Organization (Form LLC-1) with the California Secretary
Before submitting the completed form, you should consult with a private attorney for advice about your specific
Operating Agreements are to be maintained by the LLC and are not filed with the California Secretary of State.
Filing Fee: The fee for filing the Articles of Organization (Form LLC-1) is $70.00.
Faster Service Fee:
- Counter and guaranteed expedite services are available only for documents submitted in person (drop off) to our
- Counter Drop Off: A separate, non-refundable $15.00 counter drop off fee is required if you submit 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 non-refundable fee instead of the counter drop off fee. 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 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 copy.
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
Processing Dates: For current processing dates, go to www.sos.ca.gov/business/be/processing-dates.
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:
Enter the name of the proposed LLC exactly
as it is to appear on the records of the
California Secretary of State including the
California Corporations Code section 17701.08 requires:
- The LLC name must include: LLC, L.L.C., Limited
Liability Company, Limited Liability Co., Ltd. Liability
Company, or Ltd Liability Co.
- 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
LLC 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 LLCs of record or
reserved with the California Secretary of State.
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-1, go to