The corporation must have an Agent for
Service of Process.
There are two types of Agents that can be
• an individual (e.g. owner, director or any other
individual) who resides in California with a
physical California street address; OR
• a registered corporate agent qualified with the
California Secretary of State.
• An Agent for Service of Process is responsible for accepting legal
documents (e.g. service of process, lawsuits, subpoenas, other
types of legal notices, etc.) on behalf of the corporation.
• You must provide information for either an individual OR a
registered corporate agent, not both.
• If using a registered corporate agent, the corporation must have a
current agent registration certificate on file with the California
Secretary of State as required by Section 1505.
5a & b.
If Individual Agent:
• Enter the name of the agent for service of
process and the agent’s complete California
street address, city and zip code.
• If an individual is designated as the agent,
complete Items 5a and 5b ONLY. Do not
complete Item 5c.
• The complete street address is required, including the street
name and number, city and zip code.
• Do not enter a P.O. Box address, an “in care of” address, or
abbreviate the name of the city.
• Many times, a small corporation will designate an officer or
director as the agent for service of process.
• The individual agent should be aware that the name and the
physical street address of the agent for service of process is a
public record, open to all (as are all the addresses of the
corporation provided in filings.)
Registered Corporate Agent
• Enter the name of the registered corporate
agent exactly as registered in California.
• If a registered corporate agent is designated
as the agent, complete Item 5c ONLY. Do
not complete Items 5a and 5b.
• Before a corporation is designated as agent for another
corporation, that corporation must have a current agent
registration certificate on file with the California Secretary of State
as required by Section 1505 stating the address(es) of the
registered corporate agent and the authorized employees that will
accept service of process of legal documents and notices on
behalf of the corporation.
• Advanced approval must be obtained from a registered
corporate agent prior to designating that corporation as your
agent for service of process.
• No California or foreign corporation may register as a California
corporate agent unless the corporation currently is authorized to
engage in business in California and is in good standing on the
records of the California Secretary of State.
• Provide your Registered Corporate Agent’s exact name as
registered with the California Secretary of State. To confirm that
you are providing the exact name of the Registered Corporate
Agent, go to https://businessfilings.sos.ca.gov/frmlist1505s.asp.
6. Check the box if the corporation is formed to
manage a common interest development. If the
corporation is not formed to manage a common
interest development, do not check the box and
proceed to Item 7.
• Common Interest Developments (CIDs) are a type of
organization of property owners that allow property owners to
pool resources to manage and share common areas and
• Residential CIDs can be single-family detached houses, two-
story townhouses, garden-style units with shared “party walls,”
and apartment-like, multistory high rises.
• Commercial or industrial CIDs generally consist of individual
owners of property that share common space or facilities and
the use of the property is limited to only commercial and
• The most common type of association of property owners is
organized as a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation.
7. Type or print the date, the name and title of the
person completing this form and sign where
SI-100 - Instructions
2019 California Secretary of State