Service of Process
The Secretary of State is designated as the agent for service of process on some foreign corporations and all foreign insurance companies, and for out of state motorists involved in suits resulting from automobile accidents on Louisiana highways. The Administrative Services Division of the Secretary of State’s office receives legal process in such cases from State and Federal courts, and forwards it to the person designated to receive same.
A service fee of $25 per service made payable to the Secretary of State must be attached.
Secretary of State is served by the lessor when the address that the lessee furnished is returned as undeliverable and forwarding address is unknown (all subsequent papers are served on the Secretary of State). A service fee of $25.00 per service made payable to the Secretary of State must be attached.
Business Opportunities is where a seller or agent solicits a business opportunity that exceeds $300 or more giving the buyer an opportunity to derive an income which is more than the cost of the business opportunity itself. Including such activities are vending machines, display cases, currency operated amusement machines, etc.
Any business opportunity seller or agent must appoint the Secretary of State as his agent for service of process, prior to engaging in business in this state. The designation need only state the company hereby appoints the Secretary of State as its agent for service of process, signed by one officer of the company and enclose a $15.00 filing fee check made payable to the Secretary of State. Download the Business Opportunity filing form here.
The Secretary of State is to be appointed as agent to receive service of process of owners of public carrier vehicles. The duly designated authority of each municipality and parish shall forward a list of the names and addresses of all owners of public carrier vehicles to be filed in the Administrative Services Section.
Political subdivisions, board, commissions, etc. of the State are to file their agent for service of process with the Secretary of State and pay a filing fee of $10.00. Make check payable to the Secretary of State. To obtain the name and address for an agent for service please contact our Administrative Services Section at 225.922.0415 or via email at email@example.com.
A copy of the certificate issued to psychologists from the State Board of Examiners of Psychology is placed on file in the Secretary of State’s office. A copy of this certificate may be issued upon request. However, a copy of the psychologist directory can be obtained from Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, 11853 Bricksome Avenue, Suite B, Baton Rouge, LA 70816 or 225.293.2238.
Public Opinion Polls
Professional Poll Takers are required to file with the Secretary of State the name of the person, association, partnership or corporation engaged in the making of public opinion polls or sampling in the State of Louisiana; the current mailing address of the principal executive officer thereof and the year for which the registration is filed. It shall be signed by the principal executive officer. There is a $5.00 registration fee.
This statue also provides that the registration be filed prior to beginning any such activity and annually thereafter no later than February 15th of each year.
A registration form is available through this office by contacting Louisiana Secretary of State, Administrative Services, Post Office Box 94125, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9125 or 225.925.4704. Download the Public Opinion Poll form here.