Yes, if you have an online business operating in California, you are required to register it with the state. This includes registering for a California business license, as well as any necessary permits or tax registrations.

To register your online business in California, you will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Choose a business name: Your business name must be unique and not already registered with the state. You can check the availability of a name by searching the California Business Search website.
  2. Register for a California business license: You will need to complete the California Business License Application and submit it to the appropriate government agency.
  3. Obtain any necessary permits or licenses: Depending on the nature of your business, you may need to obtain additional permits or licenses from other state or local agencies.
  4. Register for taxes: You will need to register for state taxes, such as sales and use tax and income tax, with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.

It is also important to note that if your online business involves selling goods or services to customers in California, you may be required to collect and remit sales tax. You’ll need to register with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to do so.

It is always recommended to consult with a lawyer or accountant to ensure that you are in compliance with all state laws and regulations.

Sanjay Sabarwal focuses his practice in the areas of Employment Law, Family Law and Personal Injury Law and provides outstanding service and expertise for your legal right to win cases with personalized attention and insightful counsel. Mr. Sabarwal has been the Co-Owner and House Counsel for Ziba Beauty, member of the American Bar Association, Los Angeles Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association and Orange County Bar Association. He also serves on the Advisory Board for Youth Business Alliance, which connects entrepreneurs to speak at underserved schools in Los Angeles County. He is also a board member for the Artesia Chamber of Commerce. Contact Sanjay at or (562) 250-4471.

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