Filing fees and fees for public records services may be paid
by the following methods.
(1) Cash. Payment in cash shall be accepted if paid
in person at the filing office.
(2) Checks. Personal checks, cashier's checks and money
orders made payable to the filing office shall be accepted for payment
provided that the drawer (or the issuer in the case of a cashier's
check or money order) is deemed creditworthy by the filing office
in its discretion. Checks may be made payable in an amount to be filled
in by the filing office if the filing office is clearly authorized
to fill in the amount. All checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank.
(3) Electronic funds transfer. The filing office may
accept payment via electronic funds transfer under National Automated
Clearing House Association ("NACHA") rules from remitters who have
entered into appropriate NACHA-approved arrangements for such transfers
and who authorize the relevant transfer pursuant to such arrangements
(4) Prepaid account. A remitter may open an account
for prepayment of fees. The filing officer shall issue an account
number to be used by a remitter who chooses to pay filing fees by
this method. The filing officer shall deduct filing fees from the
remitter's prepaid account when authorized to do so by the remitter.
The remitter may authorize transactions against the prepaid account
by use of the remitter's SOSDirect account, by written authorization,
facsimile, and by telephone authorization.
(5) Credit cards. The filing office shall accept payment
by credit cards issued by approved credit card issuers. Approved credit
card issuers are: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa
or other valid and current credit cards designated by the contract(s)
then existing between the Office of the Secretary of State, the Comptroller
of Public Accounts, and the relevant financial institution. Remitters
shall provide the filing officer with the card number, the expiration
date of the card, the name of the card issuer, the name of the person
or entity to whom the card was issued and the billing address for
the card. Payment will not be deemed tendered until the issuer or
its agent has confirmed payment. Fees paid by credit card are subject
to a statutorily authorized convenience fee of the total fees incurred,
when applicable. The convenience fee is assessed per credit card transaction.
(6) LegalEase. The filing office accepts payment via
LegalEase from remitters who have entered into appropriate LegalEase
arrangements for such transfers and who authorize the relevant transfer
pursuant to such arrangements.