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Certificate of Authority Section 5

Referrals to Other Agencies & Resources

You may need additional authorizations, beyond receiving a Certificate of Authority from the California Insurance Commissioner, to actually operate your business in California. The information provided in this section is intended to assist you with obtaining all necessary approvals.

California Secretary of State

In order to qualify to do business in the State of California, you will need to contact the California Secretary of State directly. Issuance of a Certificate of Authority or name qualification by the California Department of Insurance does not necessarily constitute approval by any other state agency. Please submit your proposed name and other corporate qualifications for approval to the California Secretary of State before you begin business in California.


California Secretary of State
Corporate Filing and Services Division
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814.

Recorded information is provided at 916-657-5448.

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Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau

Applicant's requesting authority to transact workers' compensation insurance must join the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB). To subscribe to the WCIRB, submit your request in writing to:

Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau
525 Market Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94105-2716

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Legal References

To assist in completing this application and to generally familiarize yourself with California insurance law, a copy of the California Insurance Code may be purchased by contacting West Publishing Company at 800-888-3600
  • Similarly, a copy of the California Code of Regulations may be purchased from Barclay's Law Publishers by calling 800-888-3600 or writing to:

    Barclay's Law Publishers
    P.O. Box 3066
    South San Francisco, CA 94083.
  • Department Bulletins may be obtained, free of charge, from the Department by calling 415-538-4031, or writing to:

    California Department of Insurance
    Legal Division
    45 Fremont Street, 24th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94105.
  • Bulletins can also be purchased from the National Insurance Law Service (NILS) Publishing Company by calling 800-423-5910 or writing to:

    NILS Publishing Company
    21625 Prairie Street
    Chatsworth, CA 91311.

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County and Other Local Agencies

If you plan on locating operations in California, it is recommended that you ascertain and comply with applicable local and county requirements prior to commencing operations. Contact either the local city or county government, or the local chamber of commerce, for assistance. You can reach the California Chamber of Commerce at 916-444-6320 for help with locating the appropriate local chamber.

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