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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2020
SOS Press Office
SACRAMENTO, CA – Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the launch of two additional online tools to help during this COVID -19 physical distancing:
“The Secretary of State’s latest online business filing tools will help you form your new Corporation and eliminate tens of thousands of paper Statement of Information amendments,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “These tools also will help keep businesses running and business owners safer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Online filings eliminate the need for trips to the post office or the Secretary of State’s office and will help Californians flatten the curve. By creating more easy online filing tools for businesses, we greatly reduce the number of documents requiring manual review by staff. Modernizing our business filing tools creates a more efficient filing process for both business owners and the state.”
Until the launch of this new Statement of Information tool, Statement of Information amendments—filed outside of the corporation’s required filing period in order to update information such as changes to the corporation’s agent of service—could only be filed using paper forms. The Secretary of State’s office received more than 32,000 of these paper Statement of Information amendments, this is in addition to the over 955,000 required Statements of Information in the 2018-19 fiscal year. This new Statement of Information tool offers corporations a new address reuse feature. When filling out officers’ and directors’ addresses, you can select an address that was previously used which speeds up time of completion and helps eliminate data entry errors. This new tool also offers a search and select feature for providing a corporate registered agent for service of process.
The Corporation Statement of Information Online tool and the Corporation Formation Online tool are the latest expansion of the Secretary of State’s bizfile California portal.
Tools available through bizfile California: