Many records of the Secretary of State are already available online. Requesting a record through a public records act request that is already available online will result in delays in obtaining the record, as you will be redirected to the website where the record is available. (Government Code section 7922.545(a)). In addition, a lot of records that are not available online can be requested through an existing order form or process, which is often faster and more convenient than requesting the records as a public records act request. To expedite your request, please ensure that the record you are seeking cannot otherwise be obtained or requested from the Secretary of State outside of a public records act request. Some common examples are provided below.
Are you searching for any of the following?
|Record Type||How to Obtain|
|Business Entity Records||
Certified copies, certificates of status and plain copies of business entity (corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships) records along with certified are available on the bizfile Online portal.
To order certified copies of historical business entity records and other business entity types not available online, submit a Business Entities Records - Order Form (PDF).
Please note that the Secretary of State does not collect ownership information for business entities and would not have records of this information.
|Historical Records at the California State Archives||
If you are looking for historical records at the California State Archives please use the State Archives Research Form for faster service.
In addition, numerous public records, such as Agency reports on a number of the Agency's programs, or California Archives digital collections and exhibits, are posted on the Secretary of State website.
|Oaths of Office||Oaths of office for certain officers, superior court judges, and notaries public are filed with the Secretary of State. To obtain a copy of an Oath of Office, submit a Special Filings Order Form (PDF) and request the oath on page 2 in the section labeled “Misc. Filings Only.”|
|Bond Information||Surety Bonds are filed with the Secretary of State for the following 15 professions only:
To obtain a copy of a Surety Bond on file for an individual practicing one of these professions, submit a Special Filings Order Form (PDF).
Note: The Secretary of State does not have bond information for any other professions. If you are seeking a copy of a bond for a California commissioned Notary Public, please contact the county clerk’s office where the notary public is commissioned.
|Uniform Commercial Code Records||Certified and plain copies of Uniform Commercial Code financing statements and other lien documents including notices of judgment liens, attachment liens and federal and state tax liens are available on the bizfile Online portal.|
|Political Reform Division||
In addition to providing assistance to individuals who file campaign and lobbying disclosure statements and otherwise must comply with provisions of California's Political Reform Act, the Secretary of State's Political Reform Division makes this information available to the public in a variety of ways.
Most records can be accessed electronically on the Cal-Access website. Printouts or custom data exports may be requested by following the instructions found on our Data Processing Service Request web page.
|Domestic Partnership Records||To obtain a copy of a domestic partnership record, submit a Special Filings Order Form (PDF).|
National Voter Registration Act Reports / California's Election Administration and Voting Survey
|The Secretary of State is responsible for responding to Election Assistance Commission (EAC) surveys by gathering, from the 58 counties, voter registration data such as the number of voter registration applications received and processed and where those applications came from (e.g., Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices, public assistance agencies, agencies providing services to people with disabilities, and armed forces agencies). If you are looking for California’s Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) reports to the EAC, they can be found on our NVRA Reports web page.|
|Voter Records||Voter records are exempt from public disclosure pursuant to Government Code section 7924.000 and Elections Code section 2194. The Secretary of State is not authorized to provide these records pursuant to a Public Records Act request.|
|Office of Voting Systems Technology Assessment (OVSTA) Records||The Office of Voting Systems Technology Assessment (OVSTA) is responsible for the testing and certification of voting technology used in the State of California, including voting systems, electronic poll books, remote accessible vote by mail systems, ballot printers and ballot on demand systems. The following records and documentation are available online regarding voting technology: