Changes to California Business Entity Filings (Updated May 15, 2013)
As of January 1, 2013, new legal requirements apply to business entity documents filed with the
California Secretary of State’s office.
All formation/registration documents must include the business entity street address and mailing
All foreign corporation and foreign limited liability company registration documents must
include the street address of the principal business office address in California, if one exists.
All documents listing an individual person as an agent for service of process must include the
agent’s California street address. A post office box address is not acceptable. All documents
listing a corporation as a California registered corporate agent must not list an address. The
corporate agent’s address is already on file.
Certificate to Register as a Corporate Agent
All corporate agents filing a certificate pursuant to California Corporations Code section 1505
must include the California street address where process may be served. A post office box
address for a California registered corporate agent will not be accepted on any document.
Future File Date Requests
All future file date requests for corporation and limited liability company documents must be
included within the document submitted or as an attachment to be made part of the filed
The Secretary of State will no longer endorse and certify customer-provided copies. However, a
customer who submits documents with a filing fee of $25.00 or more will receive one (1)
uncertified copy of the documents for free and, at the time of filing, the free copy may be
certified for a $5.00 certification fee. Customers requesting additional copies will be charged
$1.00 for the first page and $0.50 for each additional page. Each certified copy requires an
additional $5.00 certification fee.
Note: While domestic stock and foreign corporations are required to pay a total of $25.00 when
filing the required Statement of Information, the total fees include a $20.00 filing fee and a $5.00
disclosure fee. Therefore, customers requesting copies of a Statement of Information
(corporation or limited liability company) must include the copy fees described above.
- Business Entities Filings (REV. 05/2013)