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     35-2-1109. Filing duty of secretary of state. (1) If a document delivered to the office of the secretary of state for filing satisfies the applicable requirements of 35-2-119 and 35-2-120, 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 secretary of state received the document. Except as provided in 35-2-830, 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 the fee has 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 its representative within 10 business days after the document was delivered to the secretary of state and include a brief written explanation of the reason for the refusal.
     (4) The secretary of state's duty concerning the documents under this section is ministerial. Filing or refusal 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. 10, Ch. 411, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 8, Ch. 71, L. 2005; amd. Sec. 7, Ch. 33, L. 2007; amd. Sec. 50, Ch. 240, L. 2007.

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