Business Programs

About Business Programs

The Business Programs Division, the largest division of the Secretary of State's office, supports California Businesses by registering and authenticating business entities and trademarks and enabling secured creditors to protect their financial interests.  The Business Programs Division processes millions of business filings and information requests each year.

News & Notices, Customer Alerts and Processing Times

News & Notices

Get the latest information about changes affecting business conducted with the Business Programs Division.  Last updated:  09-23-14  

Customer Alerts

Get the latest information about confirmed scams against Californians and businesses in the State of California, and what you can do if you have been a victim of a scam. Last updated:  05-27-14

Digital Signatures

Digital signatures are not acceptable for business entity filings made with the California Secretary of State. The use of an electronic signature requires the agreement of both parties to allow the use of the electronic signature and must be on a document that requires a signature and that is filed electronically. At this time no business entity document that requires a signature and that is filed with the California Secretary of State can be filed electronically.  Added: 11-21-16

Current Processing Dates

Get the current processing times for Business Entities and determine which method of submission meets your needs.

Business Entities

The Secretary of State's office processes filings, maintains records and provides information to the public relating to business entities that include corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships, limited liability partnerships and other business filings.

California Business Connect Project

The California Business Connect Project (CBC) will increase efficiencies and allow readily available access to Secretary of State Records.

Uniform Commercial Code

The Secretary of State's office is the central filing office for certain Uniform Commercial Code financing statements and other lien documents including notices of judgment liens, attachment liens and federal and state tax liens. Filing with our office serves to perfect a security interest in named collateral and establish priority in case of debtor default or bankruptcy.

Victims of Corporate Fraud Compensation Fund

The Victims of Corporate Fraud Compensation Fund (VCFCF) provides limited restitution to victims of corporate fraud who have otherwise been unable to collect on their judgment for corporate fraud.

Trademarks and Service Marks

The Secretary of State's office maintains registration and all updates of California state trademarks and service marks, container brands, laundry marks and the names of farms, ranches, estate or villas.

Special Filings

The Secretary of State administers numerous other filings including immigration consultant and various business bonds, notices of joint powers, successor-in-interest, statement of facts – roster of public agencies, and athlete agents.