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<p>The California Secretary of State is the state's chief elections officer. The office commissions notaries public, charters corporations, oversees state archives, and files documents ranging from statutes governing Uniform Commercial Code, financing statements, and tax lien information to campaign and lobbyist disclosure information. The California Secretary of State also serves as an ex-officio member of the California State World Trade Commission and appoints one of the five members of the Fair Political Practices Commission.  </p>   
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<p>The [http://www.sos.ca.gov/ '''California Secretary of State]''' is the state's chief elections officer. The office commissions notaries public, charters corporations, oversees state archives, and files documents ranging from statutes governing Uniform Commercial Code, financing statements, and tax lien information to campaign and lobbyist disclosure information. The California Secretary of State also serves as an ex-officio member of the California State World Trade Commission and appoints one of the five members of the Fair Political Practices Commission.  </p>   
'''Complaint jurisdiction includes:'''<br>  
'''Complaint jurisdiction includes:'''<br>  
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<p>Auctioneer/Auction Company, Credit Service Organizations, Dance Studios, Discount Buying Organizations, Employment Agencies, Employment Counseling, Immigration Consultants, Invention Developer, Job Listing, Nurses' Registries, use of trademarks, use of service marks, names and insignia of organizations, notary public services, and use of the state seal.</p><br>
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<p>Auctioneer/Auction Company, Credit Service Organizations, Dance Studios, Discount Buying Organizations, Employment Agencies, Employment Counseling, Immigration Consultants, Invention Developer, Job Listing, Nurses' Registries, use of trademarks, use of service marks, names and insignia of organizations, notary public services, and use of the state seal.</p>
'''Complaints outside jurisdiction:'''<br>  
'''Complaints outside jurisdiction:'''<br>  
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<p>Complaints about the activities of corporations, the activities of travel promoters,  
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'''California Secretary of State'''  
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'''<font color="#4AA02C">California Secretary of State</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
1500 11th Street, 6th Floor <br>
1500 11th Street, 6th Floor <br>
Sacramento, CA 95814<br>   
Sacramento, CA 95814<br>   
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(916) 653-6814<br>
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(916) 653-3984<br>
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[http://www.sos.ca.gov/www.sos.ca.gov] <br> 
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[http://www.sos.ca.gov/ '''www.sos.ca.gov''']<br> 
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Legislative and Constituent Services  
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'''Legislative and Constituent Services:'''<br>
(916) 653-6774<br>
(916) 653-6774<br>
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'''California Secretary of State'''  
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'''<font color="#4AA02C">California Secretary of State</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
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Corporate Filings and Records Section  
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'''Corporate Filings and Records Section'''<br>
1500 11th Street, 3rd Floor<br>   
1500 11th Street, 3rd Floor<br>   
Sacramento, CA 95814<br> 
Sacramento, CA 95814<br> 
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Corporate Legal Review and filing (916) 657-5448<br>  
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'''Corporate Legal Review and filing:'''<br>
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Corporate Name Availability (916) 654-7960 (recording only)<br>  
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(916) 657-5448<br>  
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Corporate Status (916) 653-7315 (recording only)<br>
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Document Reproduction and Certification (916) 653-7315 (recording only)<br>  
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'''Certificate of Qualification:'''<br>  
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Certificate of Qualification (916) 657-5448<br>   
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(916) 657-5448<br>   
   
   
   
   
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'''<font color="#4AA02C">California Secretary of State</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
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'''California Secretary of State'''<br>  
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'''Elections and Political Reform Divisions'''<br>  
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Elections and Political Reform Divisions<br>  
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1500 11th Street, 6th Floor<br>
1500 11th Street, 6th Floor<br>
Sacramento, CA 95814<br> 
Sacramento, CA 95814<br> 
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Elections (916) 657-2166<br>  
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'''Elections:'''<br>
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Political Reform (916) 653-6224<br>  
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(916) 657-2166<br>  
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Campaign Disclosure Filing (916) 653-8573<br>  
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Election Information (916) 657-2166<br>  
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'''Political Reform:'''<br>
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Election Fraud (916) 657-2166<br>
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(916) 653-6224<br>  
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Lobbyist Registration and Filing (916) 653-6224<br>  
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'''Campaign Disclosure Filing:'''<br>
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(916) 653-8573<br>  
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'''Election Information:'''<br>
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(916) 657-2166<br>  
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'''Election Fraud:'''<br>
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(916) 657-2166<br>
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'''Lobbyist Registration and Filing:'''<br>
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(916) 653-9174<br>  
    
    
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'''California Secretary of State'''<br>  
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Notary Public Section<br>
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'''<font color="#4AA02C">California Secretary of State</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
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'''Notary Public Section'''<br>
1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor<br>   
1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor<br>   
Sacramento, CA 95814<br>
Sacramento, CA 95814<br>
(916) 653-3595<br>  
(916) 653-3595<br>  
   
   
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Notary packets (916) 263-3520<br>  
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'''Notary packets:'''<br>
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Information and Records (916) 653-3595<br>  
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(916) 263-3520<br>  
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Investigators (916) 653-3595<br>  
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'''Information and Records:'''<br>
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(916) 653-3595<br>  
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'''Investigators:'''<br>
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(916) 653-3595<br>  
   
   
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'''California Secretary of State'''<br>
 
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Limited Partnership Section<br>
 
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1500 11th Street, Room 345
 
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Sacramento, CA 95814
 
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(916) 653-4984
 
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Domestic Partnership (916) 653-4984<br>
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'''<font color="#4AA02C">California Secretary of State</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
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Limited Partnerships Program (916) 653-3365<br>   
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'''Limited Partnership Section'''<br>
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Limited Liability Company (916) 653-3795<br>  
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1500 11th Street, Room 345<br>
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Special Filings (916) 653-4984<br>  
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Sacramento, CA 95814<br>
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Information and Records (916) 653-3365<br>
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(916) 653-4984<br>
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Trademark and Service Mark Registration (916) 653-4984<br>
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'''Domestic Partnership:'''<br>
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(916) 653-4984<br>
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'''Limited Partnerships Program:'''<br>
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(916) 653-3365<br>   
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'''Limited Liability Company:'''<br>
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(916) 653-3795<br>  
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'''Special Filings:'''<br>
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(916) 653-4984<br>  
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'''Information and Records:'''<br>
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(916) 653-3365<br>
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'''Trademark and Service Mark Registration:'''<br>
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(916) 653-4984<br>
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'''California Secretary of State'''<br>  
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'''<font color="#4AA02C">California Secretary of State</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
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Uniform Commercial Code Section<br>
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'''Uniform Commercial Code Section'''<br>
1500 11th Street, Suite 255<br>
1500 11th Street, Suite 255<br>
Sacramento, CA 95814<br>   
Sacramento, CA 95814<br>   
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'''California Secretary of State'''<br>
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State Archives<br>
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'''<font color="#4AA02C">California Secretary of State</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
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'''State Archives'''<br>
1020 O Street<br>   
1020 O Street<br>   
Sacramento, CA 95814<br>   
Sacramento, CA 95814<br>   
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(916) 653-7715<br>
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(916) 653-7715<br>
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Reference information (916) 653-2246<br>
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'''Reference information:'''<br>
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(916) 653-2246<br>
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<p>Branch offices provide corporate and limited services relating to Uniform Commercial Code, notary public, elections, and political reform</p><br>
 
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<p>Branch offices provide corporate and limited services relating to Uniform Commercial Code, notary public, elections, and political reform</p>
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'''California Secretary of State'''<br>
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'''<font color="#4AA02C">California Secretary of State</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
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Fresno Branch Office<br>  
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'''Fresno Branch Office'''<br>  
2497 W Shaw Avenue, Suite 101<br>   
2497 W Shaw Avenue, Suite 101<br>   
Fresno, CA 93711<br>   
Fresno, CA 93711<br>   
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'''<font color="#4AA02C">California Secretary of State</font color="#4AA02C">'''<br>
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San Diego Branch Office<br>  
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'''San Diego Branch Office'''<br>  
1350 Front Street, Suite 2060<br>   
1350 Front Street, Suite 2060<br>   
San Diego, CA 92101<br>   
San Diego, CA 92101<br>   
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San Francisco Branch Office<br>  
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'''San Francisco Branch Office'''<br>  
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 7300<br>   
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 7300<br>   
San Francisco, CA 94102<br>
San Francisco, CA 94102<br>
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Los Angeles Branch Office<br>
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'''Los Angeles Branch Office'''<br>
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300 South Spring Street, Suite 101<br>
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300 South Spring Street, Suite 12513<br>
Los Angeles, CA 90013<br>   
Los Angeles, CA 90013<br>   
(213) 897-3062<br>  
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'''See also:'''<br>
 
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[[Trademark and Service Marks|Trademark and Service Marks]]<br>
 
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[[Notary Public|Notary Public]]<br>
 

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735-Other State Agencies


SECRETARY OF STATE

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The California Secretary of State is the state's chief elections officer. The office commissions notaries public, charters corporations, oversees state archives, and files documents ranging from statutes governing Uniform Commercial Code, financing statements, and tax lien information to campaign and lobbyist disclosure information. The California Secretary of State also serves as an ex-officio member of the California State World Trade Commission and appoints one of the five members of the Fair Political Practices Commission.


Complaint jurisdiction includes:

Auctioneer/Auction Company, Credit Service Organizations, Dance Studios, Discount Buying Organizations, Employment Agencies, Employment Counseling, Immigration Consultants, Invention Developer, Job Listing, Nurses' Registries, use of trademarks, use of service marks, names and insignia of organizations, notary public services, and use of the state seal.


Complaints outside jurisdiction:

Complaints about the activities of corporations, the activities of travel promoters, or bail bondsmen.



The Secretary of State provides the following information and services.

  • Domestic corporations--the legal status of the corporation, its incorporation date, whether the corporation is a profit or nonprofit business, the agent for service of process, and the chief executive officer's name and address
  • Availability of corporate names
  • Reservation of names for proposed businesses
  • Election laws and procedures
  • Campaign and lobbying activity
  • Limited partnerships or applications for registration of limited partnerships
  • Notary Public services
  • Questions about the use of the state seal
  • Filings for the following:
    • Service marks, including complaints about their use
    • Trademarks, including complaints about their use
    • Claims to names and insignia of organizations
    • Individual name-change court orders
    • Dance studios
    • Discount buyers
    • Invention developers
    • Seller-assisted marketing plans
    • Substituted service of process
    • International wills
  • Filings for security interests in certain personal property used as collateral for loans
  • Information on federal tax liens against partnerships and corporations
  • Information on state tax liens against personal property



California Secretary of State
1500 11th Street, 6th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-3984
www.sos.ca.gov

Legislative and Constituent Services:
(916) 653-6774


California Secretary of State
Corporate Filings and Records Section
1500 11th Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Corporate Legal Review and filing:
(916) 657-5448

Certificate of Qualification:
(916) 657-5448


California Secretary of State
Elections and Political Reform Divisions
1500 11th Street, 6th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Elections:
(916) 657-2166

Political Reform:
(916) 653-6224

Campaign Disclosure Filing:
(916) 653-8573

Election Information:
(916) 657-2166

Election Fraud:
(916) 657-2166

Lobbyist Registration and Filing:
(916) 653-9174


California Secretary of State
Notary Public Section
1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-3595

Notary packets:
(916) 263-3520

Information and Records:
(916) 653-3595

Investigators:
(916) 653-3595


California Secretary of State
Limited Partnership Section
1500 11th Street, Room 345
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-4984

Domestic Partnership:
(916) 653-4984

Limited Partnerships Program:
(916) 653-3365

Limited Liability Company:
(916) 653-3795

Special Filings:
(916) 653-4984

Information and Records:
(916) 653-3365

Trademark and Service Mark Registration:
(916) 653-4984


California Secretary of State
Uniform Commercial Code Section
1500 11th Street, Suite 255
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-3516


California Secretary of State
State Archives
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-7715

Reference information:
(916) 653-2246


Branch offices provide corporate and limited services relating to Uniform Commercial Code, notary public, elections, and political reform

California Secretary of State
Fresno Branch Office
2497 W Shaw Avenue, Suite 101
Fresno, CA 93711
(559) 243-2100


California Secretary of State
San Diego Branch Office
1350 Front Street, Suite 2060
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 525-4113


California Secretary of State
San Francisco Branch Office
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 7300
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-7047


California Secretary of State
Los Angeles Branch Office
300 South Spring Street, Suite 12513
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 897-3062



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