Instructions for UCC Financing Statement (Form UCC1)
For faster processing and reduced filing fees, UCC financing statements can be filed electronically at https://uccconnect.sos.ca.gov.
Fees: If submitting online, the filing fee for a financing statement is $5. If submitting on paper, the Financing Statement (Form UCC-1) must be accompanied by a
$10 fee if less than 3 pages. If 3 pages or more, the fee is $20. (Government Code section 12194)
If submitting the statement on paper, please use this fillable form. The information must be legible for digital imaging. Read and follow all Instructions, especially
Instruction 1; use of the correct name for the Debtor is crucial. Fill the form very carefully; mistakes may have important legal consequences. If you have
questions, consult your legal counsel. The Secretary of State’s office cannot give legal advice. Filing statutes can be found in California Uniform Commercial
Code sections 9501-9528. Completed forms along with the applicable fees can be mailed to Secretary of State, UCC Section, P.O. Box 942835, Sacramento, CA
94235-0001 or delivered in person (drop off) to the Sacramento office, 1500 11
Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Do not insert anything in the open space in the upper portion of this form; it is reserved for filing office use only.
Complete the UCC Financing Statement (Form UCC-1) as follows:
A and B. To assist filing offices that might wish to communicate with filer, filer may provide information in item A and item B. These items are optional.
C. Complete item C if filer desires an acknowledgment sent.
1. Debtor’s name. Carefully review applicable statutory guidance about providing the debtor’s name. Enter only one Debtor name in item 1, either an
organization's name (1a) or
an individual’s name (1b). If any part of the Individual Debtor’s name will not fit in line 1b, check the box in item 1, leave all of
item 1 blank, check the box in item 9 of the Financing Statement Addendum (Form UCC1Ad) and enter the Individual Debtor name in item 10 of the
Financing Statement Addendum (Form UCC1Ad). Enter Debtor’s correct name
. Do not abbreviate words that are not already abbreviated in the Debtor’s
name. If a portion of the Debtor’s name consists of only an initial or an abbreviation rather than a full word, enter only the abbreviation or the initial. If the
collateral is held in a trust and the Debtor name is the name of the trust, enter trust name in the Organization’s Name box in item 1a.
1a. Organization Debtor Name. “Organization Name” means the name of an entity that is not a natural person. A sole proprietorship is not an organization, even
if the individual proprietor does business under a trade name. If Debtor is a registered organization (e.g., corporation, limited partnership, limited liability
company), it is advisable to examine Debtor’s current filed public organic records to determine Debtor's correct name. Trade name is insufficient. If a
corporate ending (e.g., corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company) is part of the Debtor’s name, it must be included. Do not use words that are
not part of the Debtor’s name.
1b. Individual Debtor Name. “Individual Name” means the name of a natural person; this includes the name of an individual doing business as a sole
proprietorship, whether or not operating under a trade name. The term includes the name of a decedent where collateral is being administered by a personal
representative of the decedent. The term does not include the name of an entity, even if it contains, as part of the entity’s name, the name of an individual.
Prefixes (e.g., Mr., Mrs., Ms.) and titles (e.g., M.D.) are generally not part of an individual name. Indications of lineage (e.g., Jr., Sr., III) generally are not part
of the individual’s name, but may be entered in the Suffix box. Enter individual Debtor’s surname (family name) in Individual’s Surname box, first personal
name in First Personal Name box, and all additional names in Additional Name(s)/Initial(s) box.
If a Debtor’s name consists of only a single word, enter that word in Individual’s Surname box and leave other boxes blank.
For both organization and individual Debtors. Do not use Debtor’s trade name, DBA, AKA, FKA, division name, etc. in place of or combined with Debtor’s
correct name; filer may add such other names as additional Debtors if desired (but this is neither required nor recommended).
1c. Enter a mailing address for the Debtor named in item 1a or 1b.
2. Additional Debtor’s name. If an additional Debtor is included, complete item 2, determined and formatted per Instruction 1. For additional Debtors, attach
either Addendum (Form UCC1Ad) or Additional Party (Form UCC1AP) and follow Instruction 1 for determining and formatting additional names.
3. Secured Party’s name. Enter name and mailing address for Secured Party or Assignee who will be the Secured Party of record. For additional Secured
Parties, attach either Addendum (Form UCC1Ad) or Additional Party (Form UCC1AP). If there has been a full assignment of the initial Secured Party’s right
to be Secured Party of record before filing this form, either (1) enter Assignor Secured Party‘s name and mailing address in item 3 of this form and file an
Amendment (Form UCC3) [see item 5 of that form]; or (2) enter Assignee’s name and mailing address in item 3 of this form and, if desired, also attach
Addendum (Form UCC1Ad) giving Assignor Secured Party’s name and mailing address in item 11.
4. Collateral. Use item 4 to indicate the collateral covered by this financing statement. If space in item 4 is insufficient, continue the collateral description in
item 12 of the Addendum (Form UCC1Ad) or attach additional page(s) and incorporate by reference in item 12 (e.g., See Exhibit A). Do not include social
security numbers or other personally identifiable information.
Note: If this financing statement covers timber to be cut, covers as-extracted collateral, and/or is filed as a fixture filing, attach Addendum (Form UCC1Ad) and
complete the required information in items 13, 14, 15, and 16.
5. If collateral is held in a trust or being administered by a decedent’s personal representative, check the appropriate box in item 5. If more than one Debtor has
an interest in the described collateral and the check box does not apply to the interest of all Debtors, the filer should consider filing a separate Financing
Statement (Form UCC1) for each Debtor.
6a. If this financing statement relates to a Public-Finance Transaction, Manufactured-Home Transaction, or a Debtor is a Transmitting Utility, check the
appropriate box in item 6a. If a Debtor is a Transmitting Utility and
the initial financing statement is filed in connection with a Public-Finance Transaction or
Manufactured-Home Transaction, check only
that a Debtor is a Transmitting Utility.
6b. If this is an Agricultural Lien (as defined in applicable state’s enactment of the Uniform Commercial Code) or if this is not a UCC security interest filing (e.g., a
tax lien, judgment lien, etc.), check the appropriate box in item 6b and attach any other items required under other law.
7. Alternative Designation. If filer desires (at filer's option) to use the designations lessee and lessor, consignee and consignor, seller and buyer (such as in
the case of the sale of a payment intangible, promissory note, account or chattel paper), bailee and bailor, or licensee and licensor instead of Debtor and
Secured Party, check the appropriate box in item 7.
8. Optional Filer Reference Data. This item is optional and is for filer's use only. For filer's convenience of reference, filer may enter in item 8 any identifying
information that filer may find useful. Do not include social security numbers or other personally identifiable information.