Some states also require that articles name an initial board of directors. The Secretary of State's office maintains registration and all updates of California state trademarks and service marks, container brands, laundry marks and the names of farms, ranches, estate or villas. 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. Take note that you do not necessarily need to indicate the total number of shares authorized, because your company can hold shares that are not issued, in order to issue them later in the future, or to raise the ownership of any of the shareholders at a later date. 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.