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
Fact Checked:10/2/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Registration of Corporate Name by Foreign Corporation

Agency Fee:

$50

Notes:

Name registration lasts for a period of one calendar year.

Fact Checked:10/2/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Registration of Corporate Name by Foreign Corporation (Renewal)

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.

Fact Checked:10/2/20

Cancellation of Reserved or Registered Name

Form:

Certificate of Cancellation of a Foreign Name Registration

Agency Fee:

$15

Fact Checked:10/2/20

California Name Reservation

Agency:California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division
Fact Checked:10/2/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Name Reservation Request Form

Agency Fee:

$10

Notes:

Names are reserved for 60 days.

Fact Checked:10/2/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Name Reservation Request Form (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$10

Due:

Reserved names expire after 60 days.

Notes:

Reserved names can be renewed, but not for consecutive periods.

Fact Checked:10/2/20
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