California Secretary of State to Enhance Online Filing Portal

The following information was taken from an e-Bulletin published by the Corporations Committee of the California Lawyers Assocation. It was prepared by William Ross, of counsel to Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, and Darren L. Nunn, a partner at McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP, with input from Mary Mooney of the California Secretary of State’s office.

The California Secretary of State recently announced that on March 29, 2022, significant enhancements to its online filing portal will go into effect. Per the announcement, among the enhancements are:

·         Over 70 online forms for corporations, LLC’s and limited partnerships

·         Shopping cart for online payment

·         Online certified copies and certificates of status (good-standing certificates)

·         Online certification-verification search

·         Online entity-name reservations

·         More robust business search

·         Free access to over 17 million images of documents filed by corporations, LLC’s and limited partnerships

Some current online filing applications have already been, or will need to be, taken offline to prepare for the launch. The table below provides the offline dates. It is expected that online services will resume on or after March 29, 2022.

For the period of March 23 to March 28, 2022, the Secretary of State’s office has recommended holding back filings that are not time-sensitive and filing them online a on or after March 29, 2022.

Paper documents and online resubmissions for rejected filings submitted between March 23rd and March 28th will be processed after March 29th.


Online Application/Features Planned Date to Take Offline
·         Future file date Wednesday, 2/2/2022
·         Future effective date Wednesday, 2/2/2022
·         eForms online Saturday, 3/12/2022
·         Corporate formations Saturday, 3/19/2022
·         LLC formations Saturday, 3/19/2022
·         LLC terminations Wednesday, 3/23/2022
·         Corporate statement of information Wednesday, 3/23/2022
·         LLC statement of information Wednesday, 3/23/2022
·         UCC BizFile online Friday, 3/25/2022
·         California business search Friday, 3/25/2022
·         Legacy online resubmissions Friday, 4/15/2022


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