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 of Elections, Chief Cultural Officer and the head of the Department of State.
The Department consists of Office of the Secretary and the Divisions of Administrative Services, Corporations, Cultural Affairs, Elections, Historical Resources, and Library and Information Services.