Preclearance and Expedited Filing Services



The Secretary of State offers preclearance and expedited filing services (as described below) for all documents filed with the Secretary of State pursuant to the California Corporations Code, the California Financial Code or the California Insurance Code. These services are available only in the Secretary of State's Sacramento office.

On occasion, preclearance and expedited services may need to be suspended due to circumstances beyond our control. In the event of suspension of service, a notice will appear at the top of this page. The notice will be removed when the service is reinstated.




Preclearance Services

A customer may submit a business entity document for preclearance prior to an intended filing date, requesting completion of preclearance in one of four of the above-specified time frames.

Preclearance requests must be delivered in person at the public counter in Sacramento, 1500 11th Street, Room 390, during regular business hours. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding state holidays. Preclearance service is available only in the Sacramento office.

A document submitted to the Secretary of State for preclearance:

Preclearance requests must include:

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Expedited Filing Services

A customer may submit a business entity document for expedited filing, requesting completion in one of three of the above-specified time frames.

Expedited filing requests must be delivered in person at the public counter in Sacramento, 1500 11th Street, Room 390, during regular business hours. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding state holidays. The expedited filing service is available only in the Sacramento office.

A document submitted to the Secretary of State for expedited filing will be reviewed and a filing response will be provided within the time frame requested, indicating whether the document has been filed or rejected. A document must be precleared and approved to be eligible for Class A Service. If the document is rejected, the filing response will state the reason(s) for the rejection. A customer may request delivery of the filing confirmation or filing response by one of the following means: customer pick up; email; fax; first class mail; or overnight courier (prepaid, pre-addressed overnight courier envelope must be included).

Expedited filing requests must include:

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