California Business Portal

Compliance, Registrations & Permits

How Do I Start My Business?

At the Federal Level Employers with employees, business partnerships, and corporations, must obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the I.R.S. Businesses, you may obtain appropriate feder...

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What type of licenses would I need for my business?

To find the licenses you need for your specific industry, please visit our CalGOLD website, an online permit assistance tool. From there, you’ll select your California business location and your business type. ...

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How do I register my business name?

A fictitious business name (FBN) or doing business as (DBA) statement is required when: the business name does not include the surname of the individual owner(s) and each of the partners or the business n...

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How do I change the name of my business entity?

How do I change the name of my business entity? A business entity name can be changed in California by filing the applicable document or form (as described below) with the California Secretary of State. The do...

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I will be doing work in multiple cities. Will I need a business license in each city?

Business licenses (often referred to as “Business Tax Certificates”) are generally obtained from each city in which you plan to operate your business in, however, not all cities require business licenses. You w...

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What type of licenses do I need for my online business?

Please use this Quick Start Guide for online businesses from the Business Portal. For additional help, please use our online permit assistance tool, CalGOLD. Once there, select your location and On-Line Info...

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What licenses do I need to operate my food-related business?

Please use this Quick Start Guide for restaurants and bars from the Business Portal. For additional help, please use our online permit assistance tool, CalGOLD. Once there, select your location and food manufa...

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What type of licenses would I need to sell medical/recreational cannabis?

Please visit our Quick Start Guide for Cannabis Operations from the Business Portal. Additional help: First, determine your position on the supply chain: Manufacturing: The California Department of Public He...

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My company plans on hiring an employee from CA, what is the proper paper work I need?

If you will have any California employees check in with the following departments: An employer is required to file a Registration Form within 15 days after paying more than $100 in wages to one or more empl...

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How do I qualify or register a foreign (out–of–state or out–of–country) business entity in California?

A foreign business entity can qualify/register to transact business in California by filing the applicable form (as described below) with the California Secretary of State. The forms described below are availab...

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