California: Notice of Change to Certified Copies of Documents

Parasec recently received notification from the California Secretary of State (CA SOS) that an internal business audit has determined that the CA SOS’s Business Programs Division has not been applying the statutory fee applicable to certified copy requests correctly. Instead of charging a flat $5 certification fee per request (in addition to copy and counter fees), they were supposed to be charging the $5 certification fee per document. Therefore, in addition to the copy fee of $1.00 for the first page and $ 0.50 for each additional page, the $5.00 statutory fee for a certified copy of a filed document will be applied uniformly within the Business Programs Division to counter and mail requests. (See Government Code section 12183(a).) For example, a $5 certification fee was being charged for a certified copy of articles with three amendments, but the certification fee should have been $20. Effective August 1, 2017, the state will start charging the correct amount.

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