Limited Liability PartnershipS (LLP)
The State Bar of California's Limited Liability Partnership program certifies professional partnerships to allow partners to limit their vicarious liability for the acts tortious or otherwise of their partners and employees in accordance with statutes and the State Bar's Limited Liability Partnership Rules and Regulations. Currently, there are approximately 2,700 certified limited liability partnerships. The program has been in operation since January 1996.
Please contact the LLP Program for the Application for Issuance of Certificate of Registration as a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP):
Limited Liability Partnership Program
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
If your application is incomplete, we will notify you. Returning the completed forms to our office quickly will speed up the registration process.
Effective date of registration
Your registration date with the State Bar will be the date your complete application is received in our office.
When your application is complete and correct, we will mail you a Certificate of Registration as a Limited Liability Partnership.
Rule 11.0 of the Limited Liability Partnership Rules and Regulations of the State Bar requires LLPs to report any change of name to the State Bar within 45 days of the change. If your LLP has had a change of name, please forward the following two items:
- An original certified copy of the Secretary of State's Amendment to Registration (LLP-2), including the Secretary of State stamp in colored ink.
These forms may be obtained online or by contacting the Secretary of State's LLP filing unit at 916-653-3795.
- A Declaration of Compliance with Rule 1-400, Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of California, setting forth the new LLP name and signed by a partner authorized to act on behalf of the LLP.
There is no fee to request a name change for your LLP from the State Bar of California.
After we receive the forms, your file will be reviewed and after processing, a Certificate of Registration will be issued to the LLP with the new name.