Secretary of State Information/Instructions
FOREIGN NAME REGISTRATION (REV 03/2005)
FOREIGN NAME REGISTRATION
A foreign corporation not transacting intrastate business in California, but wishing to protect the name for future use,
may register its corporate name with this office, provided the name would be available pursuant to Section 201,
California Corporations Code. To accomplish this, the corporation would file an application for registration in
compliance with California Corporations Code Section 2101. A Registration of Corporate Name by Foreign
Corporation form designed for compliance with these requirements is attached.
The registration is effective until the close of the calendar year in which the application for registration is filed. A
corporation may renew its registration by filing a new form between October 1 and December 31 of each year. The
renewal, when filed, extends the registration for the following calendar year. The attached form may be used for initial
registration, or for renewal if the foreign corporation has previously registered its corporate name with the Secretary of
There must be attached to the registration form a certificate issued by an authorized public official of the state or place
of incorporation which states that the corporation is an existing corporation in good standing status in that state or
place. A certified copy of the Articles of Incorporation does not meet statutory requirements and cannot be accepted in
lieu of the required certificate.
The fee for registering the name of a foreign corporation for the calendar year is $50.00. Check(s) should be made
payable to the Secretary of State.
The original and at least two copies of the Registration of Corporate Name form should be included with your
submittal. The Secretary of State will certify two copies of the filed document without charge, provided that the
copies are submitted to the Secretary of State with the document to be filed. Any additional copies submitted will