The Articles of Incorporation is the document which is formally filed and maintained with the state of California. It establishes very basic elements of the corporation like the name and address of the corporation. The Business Programs Division, the largest division of the Secretary of State's office, supports California Businesses by registering business entities and trademarks and enabling secured creditors to protect their financial interests. The Business Programs Division processes millions of business filings and information requests each year. The Secretary of State administers numerous other filings including immigration consultant and various business bonds, notices of joint powers, successor-in-interest, statement of facts – roster of public agencies, and athlete agents. This refers to the main location or headquarters of the business. It’s usually the address where the company’s management works and it’s books and records are kept. All documents are available in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Italian and Portuguese. Doing business with foreign partners and clients has never been easier! The Secretary of State's office is the central filing office for certain Uniform Commercial Code financing statements and other lien documents including notices of judgment liens, attachment liens and federal and state tax liens. Filing with our office serves to perfect a security interest in named collateral and establish priority in case of debtor default or bankruptcy.