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      RS 12:1701     




§1701. Filing Methods

            A.(1) The secretary of state may accept any filing authorized by this Title by electronic, online, or facsimile transmission. All online filings authorized by this Title shall include an electronic signature.

            (2) "Electronic signature" means an electronic sound, symbol, or process attached to or logically associated with a record and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the record.

            (3) "Online" means through the secretary of state's commercial online computer system.

            B. Filing by facsimile. The process of transmitting printed documents by electronic method to the secretary of state, is deemed to be properly signed when the document received by a facsimile machine or document image attachment in e-mail in the commercial division, office of the secretary of state, purports to be a copy of the original document, and contains the signatures required by this Section.

            C.(1) Online filing. The secretary of state is authorized to implement and establish procedures and systems for secure online form filing for the filing of any instrument required under this Title.

            (2) Any requirement that an instrument filed under this Title shall be subscribed or acknowledged before a notary public may be dispensed with if the instrument is filed and signed electronically as provided in Paragraph (A)(2) of this Section by a person authorized to sign the instrument.

            D.(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section, any filing authorized by this Title that the secretary of state has the capability to accept online shall be filed only online.

            (2) Notwithstanding any contrary provision of this Title, until the secretary of state has the capability to accept filings online, any filing with the secretary of state pursuant to this Title which has the effect of changing the name of a designated or registered agent or changing the name of a principal officer of the corporation shall be accompanied by a resolution signed by each member of the corporation's board of directors in order for the change to be deemed validly filed.

            (3) Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section, any filing filed by an individual from a parish with a population of one hundred thousand or less according to the latest federal decennial census may be filed by facsimile transmission or mail.

            Acts 2012, No. 791, §1; Acts 2014, No. 328, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2015; Acts 2016, No. 554, §2, eff. Jan. 1, 2018.

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