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California Secretary of State

California Secretary of State

1500 11th St, Sacramento (CA), 95814, United States

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Work hours
MO 08:00 – 17:00 SA closed
TU 08:00 – 17:00 SU closed
WE 08:00 – 17:00
TH 08:00 – 17:00
FR 08:00 – 17:00
About Secretary of State staff are dedicated to making government more transparent and accessible in the areas of elections, business, political campaigning, legislative advocacy, and historical treasures.
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Mission The mission of the California Secretary of State’s Office is to:

• Support California business by registering and authenticating business entities and trademarks, enabling secured creditors to protect their financial interests, and regulating notaries public.

• Strengthen democracy by overseeing fair and accurate statewide elections, building confidence and participation, and providing public access to campaign and lobbying financial information.

• Protect individual rights by registering domestic partners and advance health care directives, and guarding the identities of domestic violence victims and others entitled to confidential addresses.

• Preserve California’s history by acquiring, safeguarding and sharing the state’s historical treasures.
Description The Secretary of State's responsibilities include:

• Serving as the state's Chief Elections Officer
• Implementing electronic filing and Internet disclosure of campaign financing and lobbying activity
• Maintaining filings for certain types of businesses including corporations and limited liability companies
• Commissioning notaries public
• Safeguarding the State Archives
• Operating the Safe at Home Confidential Address Program
• Maintaining the Domestic Partners Registry
• Maintaining the Advance Health Care Directive Registry
Founded 1850

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