Filing duty of secretary of state.
(1) If a record delivered to the office of the secretary of state for filing satisfies the requirements of RCW 23B.01.200, the secretary of state shall file it.
(2)(a) The secretary of state files a record: (i) In the case of a record in a tangible medium, by stamping or otherwise endorsing "Filed," together with the secretary of state's name and official title and the date of filing, on both the original and the record copy; and (ii) in the case of an electronically transmitted record, by the electronic processes as may be prescribed by the secretary of state from time to time that result in the information required by (a)(i) of this subsection being permanently attached to or associated with such electronically transmitted record.
(b) After filing a record, the secretary of state shall deliver a record of the filing to the domestic or foreign corporation or its representative either: (i) In a written copy of the filing; or (ii) if the corporation has designated an address, location, or system to which the record may be electronically transmitted and the secretary of state elects to provide the record by electronic transmission, in an electronically transmitted record of the filing.
(3) If the secretary of state refuses to file a record, the secretary of state shall return it to the domestic or foreign corporation or its representative, together with a brief explanation of the reason for the refusal. The explanation shall be either: (a) In a written record or (b) if the corporation has designated an address, location, or system to which the explanation may be electronically transmitted and the secretary of state elects to provide the explanation by electronic transmission, in an electronically transmitted record.
(4) The secretary of state's duty to file records under this section is ministerial. Filing or refusal to file a record does not:
(a) Affect the validity or invalidity of the record in whole or part;
(b) Relate to the correctness or incorrectness of information contained in the record; or
(c) Create a presumption that the record is valid or invalid or that information contained in the record is correct or incorrect.
[2002 c 297 § 6; 1989 c 165 § 8.]