A limited liability company, or LLC, is a specific type of business entity. An LLC does not operate as a corporation. The owners are known as members, and an LLC can have numerous members. To find out the name of an owner, or member, of a California LLC, contact the California Secretary of State’s office which maintains records of LLC business information.
Navigate your web browser to the California Secretary of State website. Select the “Business Programs” tab at the top of the website, and choose “Business Search” underneath the “Online Services” menu bar on the left-hand side of the screen.
Select “Limited Liability Company/Limited Partnership Name” underneath the “Search Type” option in the middle of the page.
Enter the name of the LLC, or its number if you know it, in the text field. Select “Search”.
Review the information provided after the search. This information will include the entity name, identification number, date of formation and the status of the LLC. Locate the name of the registered agent of the LLC by reviewing the name under “Agent for Service of Process.” You will also have access to the registered agent’s address. The registered agent may be an owner/member, or an attorney.
Use the actual name of the LLC to narrow results. Avoid using generic business names to locate an LLC because you will receive numerous entries.
Do not use the LLC business search to gather business addresses for marketing purposes.
California Secretary of State: Business Search
California Secretary of State: Business Search – Search Tips