This is a sample of a letter that is sent to the Secretary of State formally requesting the
certification of a limited partnership. A limited partnership requires at least one general
partner that will participate in management decisions but will be personally liable for the
debts of the partnership. The rest of the partners can be limited partners and will not be
personally liable for the debts of the partnership but will be unable to participate in
management decisions. This particular letter is drafted for California, but it can easily
be customized for any state. This sample letter should be used by limited partnerships
that want to obtain certification from the Secretary of State.
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California Secretary of State
Document Filing Support Unit
P.O. Box 944225
Sacramento, CA 94244-2250
RE: Filing of Certificate of Limited Partnership [Insert Name of Partnership]
Enclosed please find the original and two copies (for certification) of the Certificate of Limited
Partnership (LP-1) together with the filing fee of $70.00 [Comment: The fees can change so
check with the Secretary of State’s Office prior to filing].
Please return the certified copies to: [Insert name and address of individual to whom the copies
should be mailed].
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