SOS FAqs | Questions About Filings | California Secretary Of State

Frequently asked questions

Click on a question to find out answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the California Secretary of State office.

  • Q. Do I need originals when filing my documents at the SOS?

  • Q. How do I pay the SOS fees? Do I need to send you checks?

  • Q. Can I pay by money order?

  • Q. I'm starting a new company but don't want to pay the $350. Is there a week long option for a lesser amount?

  • Q. What is a name reservation? Do I need one?

  • Q. If my documents are rejected are the fees refundable?

  • Q. Does it matter which service company I use?

  • Q. What are the most commmon errors that cause rejection?

  • Q. Why are your Expedited fees different than your standard?