How to order a certified copy of Articles of Organization or a certified copy of Articles of Incorporation from California Secretary of State

A certified copy of your Articles of Organization or Articles of Incorporation can be ordered by mail or in person, but we recommend mailing. Normal processing costs $1 for the first page and 50 cents for each additional page, and $5 for certification. Processing times vary and can be checked online.

You can order

By Mail:

Provide the Records Order Form, payment for fees, self-addressed envelope and a daytime phone number for any questions on your request cover letter.

In Person:

Documents requested in person take priority over mailed requests, can usually be provided within 5-7 business days, and are charged an additional handling fee of $10.

How much does it cost to obtain a certified copy of California Articles of Incorporation or California Articles of Organization?

$1 for the first page and 50 cents each additional page.
$5 Certified fee.
$10 additional handling fee for in person only.

Prices are the same for both a California corporation.

Is expedited processing available?

No. However, in person requests take priority over mailed requests.

Payment options?

Check, Money Order, Visa or MasterCard. Make check or money order payable to: Secretary of State.

How long does it take to get a certified copy of articles of organization, or a certified copy of articles of incorporation from the State of California?

In Person: 5-7 business days. Processing times vary and can be checked http://www.sos.ca.gov/business/be/mail-processing-times.htm

How will the certified copy of the articles of incorporation or the certified copy of articles of organization come back after I order from the State of California?

It will be mailed by regular mail, unless you request otherwise and provide a pre-addressed prepaid envelope or Fed Ex airbill. Return service by fax or email is not available.

Forms:

http://www.northwestregisteredagent.com/webForms/CA/certified-copy-and-cert-of-status.pdf

Contact Info:

California Secretary of State
Certification and Records
1500 11th Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
or
PO Box 944260
Sacramento, CA 94244-2600
(916)-657-5448