The following is a list of changes that may affect business conducted with the Business Programs Division:

  • Posted May 26, 2020
    Changes to the Name Availability Service option. The Name Availability Service is being renamed to Name Reservations. The Name Inquiry mail service is no longer being offered. A preliminary search of corporation, limited liability company and limited partnership names already of record with the California Secretary of State can be made online through our Business Search
    A name can be reserved for a period of 60 days. Fees and instructions for reserving a name are included on the Name Reservation Request Form (PDF).  
  • Posted July 14, 2017
    Change to certification process of a filed document (PDF).  As a reminder: The California Business Search provides online access to information for corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs) and limited partnerships (LPs) of record with the California Secretary of State including more than 10 million FREE PDF images relating to business registrations, amendments, terminations and the most recent Statements of Information for Corporations and LLCs at bizfile.sos.ca.gov under Search Online.
  • Posted June 22, 2017
    Check out our new online services (PDF) for businesses now available on our website.
  • Posted June 21, 2017
    We are happy to announce that Statements of Information for Limited Liability Companies now can be filed online. Please see Secretary of State Alex Padilla's press release and advisory for more information.
  • Posted May 26, 2017
    Filed Documents Available Online:  In addition to the recently filed Statements of Information for corporations and limited liability companies, effective May 4, 2017 the Secretary of State’s Business Search was enhanced to include free PDF images of all available corporation, limited liability company and limited partnership documents including registration, amendments and termination documents that have been scanned into our database. There are now over 10 million documents available through the Business Search.
  • Posted May 26, 2017
    Form Revisions:  In order to provide more filer-friendly instructions and reduce filer errors, revisions to a variety of filing forms have been implemented.  In most cases, previous versions of forms are acceptable, but use of the most current forms is encouraged.  Forms are available online on our Forms, Samples and Fees webpage.
  • Updated September 23, 2014 / Posted August 29, 2012
    California Business Connect Project:: The California Business Connect Project will increase efficiencies and allow readily available access to Secretary of State Records.

Last updated: May 26, 2017