The Articles of Incorporation provide the basic information needed to form the business and register the business in the state. The state needs to know the name of the business, its purpose, and the people who will be in charge. 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. An Articles of Incorporation, also commonly known as a Certificate of Incorporation is a set of formal documents that contain basic information about a company being created. Because each state has its own requirements, this document is usually filed with the Secretary of State. Ever wondered what are articles of incorporation? These are documents that provide the state within which your business will be running, useful information about your business. 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.