Update to Office Services

Sacramento Office

Our Sacramento lobby will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our public counters in Sacramento remain closed. Public access beyond the first floor will not be granted. However, we will accept drop off documents in our Sacramento lobby. Submissions must include the required filing fee in the form of check or money order only.

Expedite/Preclearance Drop Off: Effective Wednesday, June 24, 2020, we will resume limited Expedited/Preclearance services for business filings in Sacramento, as follows:

  • 24 Hour Expedite Fee: $350 plus filing fee; and
  • 24 Hour Preclearance Fee: $500.

Customers wanting these 24-hour expedite/preclearance services are asked to drop their document with separate checks or money orders (no cash or credit cards) for the fee and expedite/preclearance service in the Business Entities Drop Box in the Sacramento first floor lobby. Clearly mark your drop-off envelope with “24-hour Expedite”. All other expedited/preclearance services remain suspended.

Expedite/Preclearance Pickup: Effective Monday, September 21, 2020, the daily pick up time will move to 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Resuming the expedite/preclearance services applies only to business filings including Statements of Information submitted in the Sacramento office. This does not apply to Apostilles, Domestic Partnerships, or other non-related business filings.

Regular BE Counter Filings Pickup: Effective Monday, September 21, 2020, the daily pick up time will move to 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. This regular counter filings pickup only applies to business entity filings and does not apply to Statements of Information, Apostilles, Domestic Partnerships, or other non-related business filings at this time.

Notary and Special Filings, Uniform Commercial Code, Apostille, Domestic Partnerships and regular Statements of Information drop off submissions will continue to be returned via USPS or an overnight mail service (FedEx, UPS, DHL) providing you include a prepaid self-addressed airway bill.

Regular Counter Drop Offs will continue to be processed on a first in, first out basis. Filing fees are required to be paid by check or money order with your dropped off document using the locked drop boxes in the Sacramento lobby. We ask that you use the envelopes provided and clearly mark what section the submissions should be delivered.

Counter Service Fees of $15 for Business Entities Filings and $10 for Business Entities Records will resume and should be presented in separate checks or money orders from other applicable filing fees. No cash or credit cards at this time.

72-hour Rule for Rejected Counter Filings will be reinstated on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, for Business Entity and Statement of Information submissions provided the submitter requests the specific date on their counter sheet.

You are strongly encouraged to utilize our online tools at bizfile.sos.ca.gov:

  • Corporation Formations (NEW for domestic stock corporations)
  • Corporation Statements of Information
  • LLC Formations
  • LLC Statements of Information
  • LLC Terminations
  • Trademarks Registrations and Modifications
  • UCC Online
  • California Business Search
  • Eureka Chatbot

Los Angeles Office

Effective Monday, August 3, 2020, our Los Angeles Regional office will be open to the public between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., with limited staff and services processing Apostilles and Domestic Partnership filings. Los Angeles will continue to handle traffic with our “Now Serving” sign by helping four customers at a time while other customers wait on the second floor until their number is called. Again, you are encouraged to submit documents to the Sacramento office via mail.

Processing dates vary depending on the type of request submitted, how the request is submitted, and when the request is received by the California Secretary of State's office.

As significantly more requests are submitted at the end of the fiscal and calendar years, the processing time for all requests takes longer. If a faster response time is needed for a filing request, see Service Options for information about expediting a filing request.

Last updated: September 22, 2020

1. Name Reservations

Document Type We are processing requests received via the following methods on the date indicated:
Online
In Person
Mail
Name Reservations
n/a
09/21/2020
09/18/2020

2. Corporate Filings

Document Type We are processing requests received via the following methods on the date indicated:
Online
In Person
Mail
Formations/Registrations
09/18/2020
09/10/2020
09/10/2020
Amendments
n/a
09/09/2020
09/09/2020
Terminations
n/a
09/11/2020
09/11/2020
Mergers
n/a
09/14/2020
09/11/2020
Conversions
n/a
09/15/2020
09/15/2020
Statements of Information
09/18/2020
09/16/2020
09/16/2020

3. Limited Liability Company Filings

Document Type We are processing requests received via the following methods on the date indicated:
Online
In Person
Mail
Formations/Registrations
09/18/2020
09/15/2020
09/15/2020
Amendments
n/a
09/15/2020
09/15/2020
Terminations
09/18/2020
09/16/2020
09/16/2020
Mergers
n/a
09/14/2020
09/11/2020
Conversions
n/a
09/14/2020
09/11/2020
Statements of Information
09/21/2020
09/16/2020
09/16/2020

4. Limited Partnership Filings

Document Type We are processing requests received via the following methods on the date indicated:
Online
In Person
Mail
Formations/Registrations
n/a
09/15/2020
09/15/2020
Amendments
n/a
09/15/2020
09/15/2020
Terminations
n/a
09/15/2020
09/15/2020
Mergers
n/a
09/14/2020
09/11/2020
Conversions
n/a
09/14/2020
09/11/2020

5. General Partnership Filings

Document Type We are processing requests received via the following methods on the date indicated:
Online
In Person
Mail
All document types
n/a
09/15/2020
09/15/2020

6. Limited Liability Partnership Filings

Document Type We are processing requests received via the following methods on the date indicated:
Online
In Person
Mail
All document types
n/a
09/15/2020
09/15/2020

7. Copy and Certificate Requests

Document Type We are processing requests received via the following methods on the date indicated:
Online
In Person
Mail
Copy Requests
n/a
09/17/2020
09/16/2020
Certificate and Status Report Requests
09/21/2020
09/21/2020
09/21/2020

8. Trademark Filings

Document Type We are processing requests received via the following methods on the date indicated:
Online
In Person
Mail
Registrations
08/19/2020
08/10/2020
08/10/2020
Modifications
09/21/2020
08/25/2020
08/25/2020
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