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: