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I. Agency Mission

The mission of the Office of the Secretary of State is to provide a secure and accessible repository for public, business, and commercial records and to receive, compile, and provide information. In addition, our mission is to ensure the proper conduct of elections, authorize the creation and registration of business entities, and to publish state government rules and notices. Finally, the Secretary of State serves as the liaison to the Governor for Texas - Mexico issues, as well as Texas' Chief International Protocol Officer. We assist our staff with personal and professional development, as well as promote and develop a diverse workforce and effective use of resources.

II. Agency Principles

III. Agency Duties

Executive

The Secretary of State is one of six officials named in the Texas constitution who form the Executive Branch of the State's government. The Secretary is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The Secretary of State handles a wide range of duties imposed by Statute, Executive Order and the Texas Constitution. The Secretary of State serves as the Governor's liaison for Mexico and Border Affairs and oversees a Colonia Assistance program through a colonia coordinator and colonias ombudsmen stationed along the Texas-Mexico border. As Chief International Protocol Officer for Texas, the Secretary of State receives international dignitaries and delegations on behalf of the Governor and the State of Texas.

Corporations

The Corporations Section is the filing office for documents relating to corporations, professional associations, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies. Additionally, the section is responsible for registration or filing of state trademarks; assumed names for incorporated entities as well as limited partnerships and limited liability companies; registered limited liability partnerships; unincorporated nonprofit associations; and financial institution filings designating registered agents. Also the Corporations Section accepts service of process for the Secretary of State as the statutory agent.

Government Filings

The Government Filings Section is responsible for a wide assortment of documents with one thing in common: they all are government documents. Included are filings that concern Notaries Public, the statements and oaths of office and commissions for appointed state officials, the apostilles that authenticate the origin of Texas public documents to be presented to another nation, the publication of state agency rules in the Texas Register and the Texas Administrative Code, and the Internet publication of all bills enacted by each session of the legislature. Dozens of other government-related reports and notices also are maintained by the Government Filings Section.

Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)

The Secretary of State and the county clerks are filing officers for financing statements under the Uniform Commercial Code evidencing that a debtor and a secured party intend to engage in a secured transaction using specified collateral as security. In addition, the Secretary of State is the filing officer for utility security agreements under the Texas Business & Commerce Code, transition property notices under the Utility Code, federal liens, restitution liens, agricultural chemical and seed liens, and liens for animal feed. The UCC is the filing office for registration of public safety organizations, independent promoters, public safety publications and their solicitors, telephone solicitors, veterans' organizations and their solicitors; automobile clubs; health spas; business opportunities; athlete agents, licenses for the commercial use of the State Seal, and other miscellaneous filings.

Elections

The Secretary of State is the chief election officer for the State of Texas. As chief election officer, we provide assistance and advice to election officials on the proper conduct of elections. This includes hosting seminars and elections schools, providing detailed instructions, calendars, ballot certification, limited election funding, and other election documents to the election officials. We also provide assistance to the general public on voter registration and other election issues through our 1-800 toll-free number, 1-800-252-VOTE (8683), and via the Internet at elections@sos.texas.gov. In addition, we conduct the Project V.O.T.E. (Voters of Tomorrow through Education) program, which is a curriculum for students, pre-K through twelfth grade, designed to educate Texas students about voting and the legislative process. Also, The Texas Voter Registration System is an online voter registration application designed for county officials to maintain accurate and efficient voter registration rolls. Currently, 118 counties are online with TVRS.

IV. Customer Service

The Office of the Secretary of State is dedicated to providing accurate, reliable, and timely services. We will act in accordance with the highest standards of ethics, accountability, efficiency, and openness.

It is the purpose of the Office of the Secretary of State to serve the public. If you are not happy with the service you have received or if you've had a positive experience, please direct your comments to:

Customer Service Representative
Office of the Secretary of State
P.O. Box 12697
Austin, Texas 78711
OR
Phone (512) 463-5770; Fax (512) 475-2761

All complaints will be reviewed and a response given within 10 business days.

V. Agency Contacts

Secretary of State
Executive Nandita Berry Phone: (512) 463-5770
Fax: (512) 475-2761
E-mail the Secretary
Deputy Secretary of State
Executive Coby Shorter, III Phone: (512) 463-5770
Fax: (512) 475-2761
cshorter@sos.texas.gov
Director
International Protocol Cammy Jones Phone: (512)-463-5268
Fax: (512) 475-2761
cjones@sos.texas.gov
General Counsel
Executive Wroe Jackson Phone: (512) 463-5770
Fax: (512) 475-2761
generalcounsel@sos.texas.gov
Director
Communications Alicia Pierce Phone: (512) 463-6116
Fax: (512) 475-2761
apierce@sos.texas.gov
Division Director
Business and Public Filings Carmen Flores Phone: (512) 463-5588
Fax: (512) 463-5709
cflores@sos.texas.gov
Director
Government Filings Robert Sumners Phone: (512) 463-5562
Fax: (512) 463-5569
rsumners@sos.texas.gov
Director
Uniform Commercial Code Vacant Phone: (512) 475-2703
Fax: (512) 463-1423
ucc_assist@sos.texas.gov
Director
Elections Keith Ingram Phone: (512) 463-5650
Fax: (512) 475-2811
kingram@sos.texas.gov
Director
Border Affairs Vacant Phone (512) 463-5994
Fax (512) 475-2761
webmaster@sos.texas.gov