Secretary of State (SOS)
The Secretary of State's office is comprised of nearly 500 people who are dedicated to making government more transparent and accessible in the areas of elections, business, political campaigning, legislative advocacy, and historical treasures.
General Information: 916-653-6814
Phone Hours of Availability: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
Phone or online requests for a Certificates of Status are not available at this time.
Internet point-of-contact for elections and voting, political reform, campaign finance, state archives, corporations and limited partnerships, and notary public. http://www.sos.ca.gov/
Learn more about the Business Entities Section of the Secretary of State here. http://www.sos.ca.gov/business-programs/business-entities/
The Secretary of State's office is comprised of nearly 500 people who are dedicated to making government more transparent and accessible in the areas of ... http://www.sos.ca.gov/administration/
About Notary Public. The Notary Public Section is responsible for: reviewing and approving course curriculum and issuing certificates of approval to notary ... http://www.sos.ca.gov/notary/
California Business Search website moved to https://businessSearch.sos.ca.gov. http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/
About Business Programs. The Business Programs Division, the largest division of the Secretary of State's office, supports California Businesses by registering ... http://www.sos.ca.gov/business-programs/
The California Secretary of State provides authentication of public official signatures on documents to be used outside the United States of America. http://www.sos.ca.gov/notary/authentication/
Find links to the various statements required to be filed with the California Secretary of State annually or biennially here. http://www.sos.ca.gov/business-programs/business-entities/statements/