An Express Article from the California Land Title Association
The Secretary of State is proposing amendments to the existing regulations relating to special handling and expedited filing services. The changes will provide all customers with a same-day expedited service option, ensure the Secretary of State can offer the same service options equally to all customers bringing documents to the Sacramento public counter and provide a low-cost option for those customers who want their business entity documents to be processed with priority over documents submitted by mail. The proposed regulatory action should facilitate the overall filing of business entity documents with the Secretary of State and generally benefit small businesses.
The proposed amendments also include written guidelines regarding the file date of a business entity document that has been returned for corrections and resubmitted for filing. In addition, the proposed amendments clarify the fees charged by the Secretary of State for copying records, remove a special handling charge for documents received by the Secretary of State Uniform Commercial Code Section and make other non-substantive technical corrections or clarifications.
The proposed amendments are intended to replace the optional wait-for service that is currently offered only to individual customers with an optional same-day turnaround service ("same-day expedited" service) that will be available to all Secretary of State customers at the Sacramento public counter. The Secretary of State will continue to offer the 24-hour expedite service ($350 fee) and the very low cost $15 special handling fee for documents dropped-off at its Sacramento public counter.
Modified text of the proposed regulations was issued on June 12th.