The State Bar of California's Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) 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.
Upcoming fee increases
LLP application and renewal fees are increasing. On May 18, 2023, the Board of Trustees approved several administrative fee increases in alignment with recommendations by the State Auditor. These increases will ensure that the State Bar’s overall administrative revenue covers the rising costs of services.
We are working to make the necessary changes to the forms and systems to implement these increases. Related webpages will be updated as fee changes are implemented. See FAQ for more information. Here are the fee changes for LLPs:
If your application is incomplete, we will notify you. Returning completed forms to our office quickly will speed up the registration process. You can find the forms you need on the forms webpage.
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.
A limited liability partnership must annually renew its certification as a limited liability partnership by submitting an Annual Renewal.
The 2023 Annual Renewal will be mailed to the official contact mail address on record for your limited liability partnership in August. You must complete and submit this year’s renewal form to be counted as compliant. Renewals received using the prior year’s forms will not be accepted.
Contact us with questions at LLP@calbar.ca.gov.
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 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.
You can find forms you need on the forms webpage or by contacting the Secretary of State's LLP filing unit at 916-653-3795:
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.
Limited Liability Partnership Program
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105