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About the Department

When the 1838 Constitution created the office of the Secretary of State, the Secretary was the keeper of the Great Seal and the custodian of the Laws of Florida.

Since that time, the Secretary’s duties have multiplied and expanded. Today, the Secretary of State is Florida’s Chief Election Officer, Chief Arts and Culture Officer and the head of the Department of State.

The Department consists of Office of the Secretary and the Divisions of Administrative Services, Corporations, Arts and Culture, Elections, Historical Resources, and Library and Information Services.