I am planning a startup in internet space and I live in California. I do not wish to use my home address as the place-of-business (physical) address in the incorporation documents due to concerns about privacy.
Can I use the registered agent address as the physical address in documents? CA incorporation documents require that a "physcial address" be listed. Registered agent services from bizfiling/legalzoom etc do not allow registered agent address be listed both as the registered agenet as well as the physical address.
Would this be any different if I incorpoated in Delware instead of California even though I live in California?
I am already planning to use a registered agent due to privacy concerns and do not want the business name to be easily traceable to me (CA secretary of state website shows only the registered agent name/address when quickly searching for a business).
Edit: I want to know
a) can I use the registered agent address as the "actual business address" in CA and DE?
b) When using webservices e.g. bizfilings to file articles of incorporation with free registered agent for a few months, these services ask for "actual business address." Since these services do not provide registered agent address when completing the form, how could one use agent address as the "actual business address"?
All the states require physical address, some can accept the registered agents' address, some won't and require the actual business address.
But while you register in DE for whatever reason, you will still be required to register in CA, so whatever requirements you have in DE - won't help you with avoiding the CA registration (unless you want to break the law, that is, and then you're likely to be caught very quickly through your tax returns).
The fact that you are in CA establishes nexus for your entity, so it will have to be registered in CA, either as a domestic or as foreign (the registration requirements are basically the same). CA registration will be traced to you easily, your name will show up as a member (for LLC's) or officer (for corporations). Privacy is something you should not be considering in a state that hosts Google, LinkedIn and Facebook:-).
As to the physical address - consider renting a virtual office (or a real office...). Another issue you might be having is business license for your business, which should be issued for your location (even if its an internet business, check your city/county rules). That is also a public record, so you'll have to publish your address one way or another.
a) can I use the registered agent address as the "actual businessNot in CA. Don't know about DE, but doubt so. In CA the "actual business address" is the address where you conduct your business and where all the records of the business are.
address" in CA and DE?
When using webservices e.g. bizfilings to file articles ofYou should call them and ask them.
incorporation with free registered agent for a few months, these
services ask for "actual business address." Since these services do
not provide registered agent address when completing the form, how
could one use agent address as the "actual business address"?
Good heads up in your blog article there! I would like to to know exactly how my affiliation with the business can be easily searchable by anyone on the internet. It seems that if I incorporate a business, then a quick internet search would reveal the business affiliation to me due to these people who obtain/sell this information on the net. This concerns me, because Sec of State CA office does not easily make this information public. Would be interested to hear if any chances to keep privacy and having all details searchable on internet.