During this challenging time, we urge all Californians to continue to take all recommended public health precautions, including:
If you need to go to a government office:
The Archives Research and Reading Room is currently closed to the public. Archives staff are available to assist with your research request via phone, email, or mail. For assistance with research, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view digital collections and online exhibits: www.sos.ca.gov/archives/california-digital-archives.
For information about statewide records management, including filing Records Retention Schedules or guidance, you can visit: www.sos.ca.gov/archives/records-management-and-appraisal or email: email@example.com.
Anyone with questions about business filings or about dropping off a document at the Business Program Division offices during the closure of our Sacramento public counter and limited service in Los Angeles can learn more at:
Whether you are filing a financing statement pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code, searching for a corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership filing or confirming the standing of an immigration consultant, the Secretary of State's bizfile portal has all your online filing and search needs in one location. The following business transactions are available online at bizfile.sos.ca.gov:
Resources for Businesses:
On March 20, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order for county elections officials to send every registered voter a vote-by-mail ballot for the May 12, 2020, Special General Elections for Congressional District 25 and Senate District 28. The order also extends the canvass period for the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election to April 24, 2020. More information is available by reading Secretary Padilla's news release: AP20:036.
To register to vote or update your voter registration, please visit: RegisterToVote.ca.gov
To verify the status of your voter registration, vote-by-mail ballot, or provisional ballot: VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov
Twenty five counties offer a service for voters to receive automatic notifications& on the status of their vote-by-mail ballot. For more information, visit:
Cal-Access provides financial information supplied by state candidates, donors, lobbyists, and others: Cal-Access.sos.ca.gov
Power Search provides quick and easy access to the source, recipient and amount of state campaign contributions and access to independent expenditures data. Campaign contribution searches provide useful summaries of information at the contributor, candidate, ballot measure and campaign committee levels with options for sorting and further exploring the data. To visit the PowerSearch website: PowerSearch.sos.ca.gov/quick-search.php
Locate the enrollment agency for the Secretary of State's confidential address program nearest you by visiting: www.sos.ca.gov/registries/safe-home/where-find-enrolling-agency/
Please note, not all transactions can be conducted online.
Individuals needing to conduct a transaction that is not available online and have concerns about visiting the Secretary of State's office in person can call or email the following Secretary of State Divisions:
Phone: (916) 657-2166
Phone: (916) 653-6774
Safe at Home:
Toll-Free: (877) 322-5227
Political Reform Division:
Phone: (916) 653-6224
For information on how the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom is protecting Californians from COVID-19, visit: covid19.ca.gov
For the most up to date information on COVID-19 from the California Department of Public Health, visit: cdph.ca.gov/covid19
For the most up to date information on COVID-19 from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 crisis many of us may experience anxiety about the uncertainty of what is happening. You may be wondering if the virus will come to your community, how you can protect yourself and your family and how to prepare as we continue to adapt to changes in the normal course of daily life. It is normal to feel anxious, unsettled, distracted, scared and/or overwhelmed by COVID-19. Some people may be more vulnerable if they already have a health or anxiety disorder. Feeling stressed can affect your immune system and increase the risk of getting ill in general. That is why it is important to take steps to manage your anxiety and how you react to the situation, so you can keep yourself as safe as possible.
Here are a few things you can do to help yourself during the situation:
If you find that you are having difficulty managing stress, help is available. If a household member is hypervigilant, obsessively reading about the crisis and worrying about the effects, you can call Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long.
SAMHSA provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call: