Instructions for Lobbyist Employer or Lobbying Coalition Registration Statement

The “Lobbyist Employer/Lobbying Coalition Registration Statement” is used for:

Filing Requirements:

Any person (including a lobbying coalition), other than a lobbying firm, who employs one or more lobbyists for economic consideration, other than reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses, for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action must file the Form 603.

Persons or entities that employ only a lobbying firm (including an individual contract lobbyist) are not required to complete this form and register with the Secretary of State. However, they must complete a Form 602 (Lobbying FirmActivityAuthorization) and file quarterly reports of lobbying payments Form 635 (Report of Lobbyist Employer/Lobbying Coalition).

Deadline for Filing

Initial Registration: A lobbyist employer or lobbying coalition must register with the Secretary of State within 10 days of qualifying as a lobbyist employer or lobbying coalition.

Renewal of Registration: Lobbyist employers and lobbying coalitionsrequired to file thisstatement must renew their registration between November 1 and December 31 of each even-numbered year.

Requirements of Registration:

In addition to the “Lobbyist Employer/LobbyingCoalition Registration Statement,” submit the following:

To Amend the Lobbyist Employer/Lobbying Coalition Registration Statement:

If any change occurs in any of the information contained on the Form 603 such as adding a new lobbyist, a change in address, addition or deletion of a state agency to be lobbied, etc., a Form 605 (Amendment to Registration) must be filed within 20 days of the change.


The Form 603 must be verified and signed by the filer. In the case of a business entity or organization, the verification must be signed by a responsible officer, or by an attorney or a certified public accountant who acts as an agent for the entity or organization.

Section 86100 requires a registration statement to be filed online or electronically and the original and one copy in paper format with:

Secretary of State
Political Reform Divison
1500 11th Street
P.O. Box 1467
Sacramento, CA 95812-1467

Additional Information

Refer to the Lobbying Disclosure Information Manual for additional information and information required to be provided to you pursuant to the Information Practices Act of 1977.

Reporting Agencies to be Lobbied

Each lobbyist identified in Part I will be registered to lobby all agencieslisted on the Lobbyist Employer Registration Statement and all subsequent amendments unless a lobbyist identifies specific agencies on his/her Lobbyist Certification Statement (Form 604).

Reporting Lobbying Interests

Following are some examples of how to report lobbying interests on the registration statement:

NOTE: Lobbyist employers and lobbying coalitions are also required to file quarterly reports disclosing, among other things, the specific legislative or administrative actions lobbied during the period covered by the report. See the Form 635 (Report of Lobbyist Employer/Report of Lobbying Coalition) or the Lobbying Disclosure Information Manual for detailed information.

Nature and Interests of Lobbyist Employer:

Check the box that indicates whether you are an individual, a business entity, an industry, trade or professional association, or some other type of entity, such as a lobbying coalition, a religious organization, a political or public interest organization, or a recreational club. Complete Part A, B, C, or D, whichever is applicable, and then complete Part E.

Industry Group Classification

All filers must complete Section E. Check one box that most accurately describesthe industry group you represent. Industry, trade, or professional associationsshould check the box that most accurately describes the industry group of its members, (e.g., an association of hospitals would be classified as “Health,” and an association of mortgage banking entities would be classified as “Business-Finance/ Insurance”). Following are some additional examples:

The category “Business” has been divided into severalsub-categories, including:

Form 603

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