This tutorial is dedicated to the business entity search function found on the Secretary of State website. Through this webpage, you’ll be able to learn all the various steps involved in checking the availability of a business name or generally investigating the various business details and filings of a particular entity. For your convenience we have provided instructions on searching by both business name and entity ID #.
Search by Name
Step 1- The first step is navigating to this webpage. There, you will be able to enter your entity name into the search bar and click Search. You can refine your results with the Exact Match and Contains options.
Step 2- You will be presented with a list containing each entity that matches the metrics of your search. Scroll through the results until you’ve found the business that you would like to investigate and click on the name of the entity to proceed.
Step 3- This last page will provide you with all of the information made available to the public by the Secretary of State. The data displayed will include the registered agent information, names of the organizers, contact information and the entity ID #.
Search by Business ID Number
Step 1- Begin by navigating to this webpage. From there, enter a business ID # into the appropriate entry field and click Search.
Step 2- If entered correctly, the number should provide a single search result. Click on the entity name in blue to proceed.
Step 3- This last page will provide you with all of the information made available to the public by the Secretary of State. The data displayed will include the entity ID #, contact information, registered agent details and the names of the organizers.
Search for Name Availability
Step 1- Start by navigating to this webpage where you will be able to enter a business name into the first entry field on the left. Click Search to proceed to Step 2.
Step 2- If the name is available then you will be presented with an image like the one shown below. If the name is already in use, then a list containing each registered entity that conflicts with your desired name will be displayed.