Use our attorney-drafted Articles of Incorporation form to create a legally valid corporation in your state. Select your state to get started! 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. 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. The name and address of the incorporator (the person preparing the incorporation documents). An incorporator is a person in charge of setting up a corporation. The fiscal year shall be the calendar year. Annual reports are required to be submitted to the board showing income, expenditures, and pending income.