CAL-ACCESS FAQs Section 3 Question 1

How do I find out how to file online or electronically?

If you are required to file online or electronically or wish to do so voluntarily, you can obtain online/electronic filing information from the Secretary of State's home page by clicking on "Electronic Filing Information" under "Political Reform." Information about filing free of charge is provided.

You can access the Cal-Online logon screen directly from the Secretary of State's home page by clicking on "File Using Cal-Online" under "Political Reform."

Note that those state filers who are not required to file online or electronically, may do so voluntarily. (Government 84605(f))

The online or electronic filing information page can also be located by using these steps:

  1. Go to the "Campaign Finance" page or the "Lobbying Activity" page. 
  2. In the menu on the left-hand side of the page, click on "For Filers Only." 
  3. Click on "Electronic Filing Information." 
  4. Click on the link below the title "Getting Started - Application for Password" which says "Password/Vendor Authorization Applications for Electronic and Online Filing." Follow the instructions on the form. 
  5. If you have any problems, call the Help Desk for assistance at (877) 745-3453 or (916) 653-7283.

For additional general information regarding online or electronic filing, visit the Secretary of State's "Frequently Asked Questions" page.

That page can be located by either of the following methods:

  1. Go to the Secretary of State's home page and click on "Electronic Filing Information" under "Political Reform." 
    1. A link for "FAQs" is located on the left-hand side of the page.
  2. Go the "Campaign Finance" page or the "Lobbying Activity" page. (You may also reach these sites from theSecretary of State's home page - by clicking on "Campaign Finance" or "Lobbying Activity & Finance" under "Political Reform.")
    1. In the menu on the left-hand side of the page, click on "For Filers Only."
    2. Click on "Electronic Filing Information."
    3. In the menu on the left-hand side of the page, click on "FAQ's."