California Entity Name Reservation

Name reservation protects the preferred name of your entity while you prepare to file formation documents with the state. Depending on entity type, reservations may be eligible for renewal if more time is needed. See the table below for more information on filing a name reservation in California.

California Entity Name Reservation Licenses

California Foreign Corporation Name Registration

Agency:California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division

Cancellation of Reserved or Registered Name

Form:

Certificate of Cancellation of a Foreign Name Registration

Agency Fee:

$15

Initial Registration

Form:

Registration of Corporate Name by Foreign Corporation

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$50

Notes:

Name registration lasts for a period of one calendar year.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Registration of Corporate Name by Foreign Corporation (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Registered names expire at the close of the calendar year in which the application was filed.

Notes:

File a renewal between October 1st and December 31st to extend your name registration for another year.

California Name Reservation

Agency:California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$10

Notes:

Names are reserved for 60 days.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$10

Due:

Reserved names expire after 60 days.

Notes:

Name reservations can be renewed to the same applicant or for the benefit of the same party, but not for consecutive 60-day periods. There must be at least 1 day between reservation periods.

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