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Brad Racino filed this request with the California Secretary of State of California.
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From: Brad Racino

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code ยงยง 6250), I hereby request the following records:

The database, in electronic format, that the "Business Search" web page draws from on the SOS website here:
This database should contain a list of every corporation, LLC and LP currently registered with the California SOS as well as historical registration. This data should be available in a queryable format, such as .txt, .xls, .accdb or similar.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Brad Racino

From: Secretary of State, Constituent Affairs

Dear Mr. Racino:

Thank you for contacting the Secretary of State's office with your Public Records Act request for copies of our corporation, limited liability company (LLC), and limited partnership (LP) databases.

Our office can provide you with a "One-Time Full File" of the Corporate Master File or LP/LLC Master File, each of which we provide in ASCII format on a CD-ROM.

However, the files are not formatted for information search and retrieval and are too big for a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. You must be able to:

1. Extract the zip file into a flat file; and
2. Be able to create a program to convert the flat file to whatever application you choose to use.

Additionally, you might need a database programmer to help you extract the information in a usable format.

California law, including the California Public Records Act, permits the Secretary of State to charge a fee for providing copies of its records. The fee for each of these CD-ROMs is $100, a total of $200 for both master files. Please refer to the instructions on each of the attached forms if you wish to be provided with either or both of these CD-ROMs.

We hope this information is helpful to you. If you have questions about this or another matter related to the Secretary of State's office, please contact us again.


Constituent Affairs
Secretary of State