The states of Montana, Wyoming and New Mexico don’t request the information on the owners of the company. The owners’ identities aren’t disclosed. This means that you are considered the FIRST owner of the company once you register the foreign shelf LLC to do business in California. This is important if you intend to build corporate credit or obtain private financing.
You will pay less, in terms of the sales price of the company, by acquiring an out-of-state shelf company and then filing it in California. This is because the annual maintenance fees are lower by obtaining a shelf corporation out of Wyoming, Montana or New Mexico, than a California Shelf LLC.
California shelf LLC’s always costs more than what they are worth. You’re best with a shelf LLC out-of-state and then file the LLC in California; if you do business in California.