AMENDMENT OF CALIFORNIA NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS
To amend (change, add or delete) provisions contained in the Articles of Incorporation, it is necessary to
prepare and file with the Secretary of State a Certificate of Amendment of Articles of Incorporation in
compliance with California Corporations Code sections 5810-5820 (public benefit and religious
corporations) or sections 7810-7820 (mutual benefit corporations).
A sample meeting statutory requirements for most filings is attached. The sample may be used as a
guide when preparing documents by making modifications as necessary to meet the specific needs of
the amending corporation. Please refer to the above referenced California Corporations Code sections
prior to modification.
The fee for filing a Certificate of Amendment is $30.00. Check(s) should be made payable to the
Secretary of State.
The original and at least two copies of the certificate should be included with your submittal. The
Secretary of State will certify two copies of the filed certificate without charge, provided that the copies
are submitted to the Secretary of State with the certificate to be filed. Any additional copies
submitted will be certified upon request and payment of the $8.00 per copy certification fee. Nonprofit
Public Benefit corporations must also include a copy of the Certificate of Amendment for transmittal to
the Attorney General in compliance with Corporations Code section 5817.
Certificates of Amendment are not filed in the regional offices. Documents must be mailed or hand
delivered for over-the-counter processing to the Sacramento office at:
Business Programs Division
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attention: Document Filing Support Unit
A $15.00 special handling fee is applicable for processing documents delivered in person at the public
counter in the Sacramento office. The $15.00 special handling fee must be remitted by separate check
for each submittal and will be retained whether