With the enactment of the new budget bill (SB 154 (Ch. 22-43)) the Secretary of State’s (SOS) processing fees for California and out-of-state corporation, LLC, and limited partnership initial filings such as articles of organization, articles of incorporation, and registrations are $0 for the period of July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. All other non-initial filing processing fees still apply, including fees for counter services, expedited services, certified copies, etc.
If the SOS office receives checks with paper initial filings, they will be returned and the filing processed. If the SOS office receives a check with both the processing fee and a certified copy fee, they will retain the check and refund the difference (this may take up to several weeks). (e-mail from SOS office, (July 6, 2022))