California Certified Copies
What are certified copies?
California certified copies are a true and correct copy of business filings, which can obtained from the California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division. Articles of incorporation are the most commonly certified document. Articles of amendment or annual reports may also be certified.
The California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division issues certified copies with an endorsement, stamp, or certificate. Certified copies are sometimes required to secure a bank loan, apply for a certificate of authority, and obtain business licenses.
What documents can be certified?
You can typically have most corporate filings certified, including:
- Articles of formation
- Articles of amendment
- Certificate of authority
- Annual filings, such as annual reports
- Fictitious name or DBA registration
- Dissolution and withdrawals
Where can I obtain California certified copies?
Only the California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division can issue California certified copies. It is possible to obtain certified copies yourself using the contact information below. When you use our service, we will obtain your certified copies from the state based on your specific expedite needs, and send them directly to your email.California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division
Expanding to a new state?
If you need certified copies because you are applying for authority to transact business in a new state, let us help you! As part of our Foreign Qualification service, we will obtain your certified copies, certificates of good standing, and your certificate of authority from a new state.