No reason to incur the $800 tax if not operating and earning income in CA.
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No, you do not need to qualify the out-of-state LLC to do business in California if it is not actually transacting any intrastate business in California. The following language is taken directly from the Secretary of State's website (see link below):
Before transacting intrastate business in California the business must first qualify/register with the California Secretary of State. (California Corporations Code section 2105, 15909.02, 16959 or 17451.) California Corporations Code sections 191, 15901.02(ai) and 17001(ap) define "transacting intrastate business" as entering into repeated and successive transactions of its business in this state, other than interstate or foreign commerce.
The Secretary of State's office cannot advise you as to whether or not the business must qualify/register to do business in California. If you require assistance in making that determination and to ensure that all issues are considered and addressed appropriately, you should consult with private legal counsel.
You only need to qualify the corporation if you are doing business in CA. Then you will have a filing requirement with CA until you revoke the filing.
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