CAL-ACCESS FAQs Section 3 Question 2

How do I obtain a filer identification number and password to file online or electronically using Cal-Online or through an approved vendor if the identification number and password have not already been provided?

  1. Go to the Secretary of State's Home Page. Under "Political Reform," click on "Electronic Filing Assistance."
  2. When the "Electronic Filing Information" page appears, under "Getting Started - Application for Password," click on "Password/Vendor Authorization Applications for Electronic and Online Filing."
  3. When the "Electronic Filing" page appears, there will be three options to view and download pdf applications for requesting a password. These are:
    • Campaign - Application to Obtain Logon Password and Authorization of Vendor or Provider
    • Lobbying - Application to Obtain Logon Password and Authorization of Vendor or Provider
    • Application to Obtain Logon Password and ID for State Candidate Issue Advocacy Filers
    The first form is for the filing of campaign statements/reports. The second form is for the filing of lobbying activity documents. The third form is for "Issue Advocacy" filers. (Government Code section 85310)
  4. Download and print the application you want. Fill out the application and fax it to the Political Reform Division of the Office of the Secretary of State at (916) 653-5045. Be sure to indicate your own fax number so your identification number and