|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.|
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.
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