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     35-1-1309. Filing duty of secretary of state. (1) If a document delivered to the office of the secretary of state for filing satisfies the requirements of 35-1-217 and 35-1-218, if applicable, the secretary of state shall file the document.
     (2) The secretary of state shall file a document by stamping or otherwise endorsing on the document "Filed", the secretary of state's official title, and the date and time the document was received by the secretary of state for filing. After filing a document, the secretary of state shall deliver a certification letter to the domestic or foreign corporation or its representative as acknowledgment that the document has been filed and all applicable fees have been paid.
     (3) If the secretary of state refuses to file a document, the secretary of state shall return the document to the domestic or foreign corporation or the corporation's representative within 10 business days after the document was delivered to the secretary of state, together with a brief written explanation of the reason for the refusal.
     (4) The secretary of state's duty to file documents under this section is ministerial. The secretary of state's filing or refusing to file a document does not:
     (a) affect the validity or invalidity of the document in whole or in part;
     (b) relate to the correctness or incorrectness of information contained in the document; or
     (c) create a presumption that the document is valid or invalid or that information contained in the document is correct or incorrect.
     (5) The secretary of state may correct errors caused by a filing officer. The error and the correction must be retained in the file containing the document in which the error appeared. For the purposes of this subsection, a filing officer is a person employed in a filing office as defined in 30-9A-102.

     History: En. Sec. 11, Ch. 368, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 10, Ch. 75, L. 2003; amd. Sec. 6, Ch. 71, L. 2005; amd. Sec. 5, Ch. 33, L. 2007; amd. Sec. 34, Ch. 240, L. 2007.

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