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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


Fundraising and Politics:

(916) 653-6224


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