Can you physically have and be running a LLC in one state for example WA State and then have a physical business in CA?

Asked over 2 years ago - Bellingham, WA

Like opening a little store, working gov. contracts in another state? i.e. CA

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  1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson


    Contributor Level 12


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    Answered . Mr. Stumpf is correct. If you're "doing business" in a state other than your "home" state, i.e. the state where you formed the business, you will almost always have to register with that state's Secretary of State. "Doing business" usually requires some sort of on-going business within the state, e.g. opening a store there.

    If you're question is getting at whether you will need to create an entirely separate entity to do business in another state, the answer is no. Your WA LLC can conduct business in any state, but it will be subject to each state's laws that govern LLCs. Therefore, you should review the LLC laws in each state where you're hoping to conduct business to determine what it takes for a foreign LLC to do business in that state.

    If you're curious about any of the laws, or you're having trouble understanding what it will take to register your LLC in another state, you should contact a business attorney. Feel free to contact me directly at if you have specific questions.

  2. Robert A. Stumpf

    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . If you mean, can the Washington LLC operate in California? It would very likely need to register there first.

    This is AVVO, a place for users to obtain general legal information to general legal questions. I am glad to help... more

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