Question: When I file the Articles of Organization for my new LLC with the California Secretary of State will the Secretary of State accept Articles on which the organizer’s signature is a facsimile rather than an original signature?
Answer: Yes, however, California law requires that the person who signs the Articles of Organization as the organizer retain the Articles of Organization with the original signature on it for five years. See Corp C §17.1(d). After it approves the Articles the Secretary of State will return the approved Articles with original signature to the company. If it contains an original signature, then put the document in a safe place for the next five years.