Are you forming a corporation, LLC, or business entity in California?
How do you do a California Secretary of State Business Search?
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Step 1: Business Search Registry
In California, the state offers an online database to the public allowing anyone to perform a search to locate any business entity registered in the state.
To search for a business entity, you’ll need to access the California Secretary of State Business Search registry.
It looks like this:
Once you access the online business database, proceed to the next step.
Step 2: Database search methods
You can search for different types of business registered with the state, such as:
- Domestic General Stock Corporation
- Domestic Professional Corporation
- Domestic Close Corporation
- Domestic Non-Profit Religious Corporation
- Domestic Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation
- Domestic Non-Profit Mutual Benefit Corporation
- Domestic Common Interest Development Association
- Foreign General Corporation
- Foreign Non-Profit Corporation
- Foreign Professional Corporation
- Foreign Insurer Corporation
- Domestic Limited Liability Company
- Foreign Limited Liability Company
- Domestic Limited Partnership
- Domestic General Partnership
- Domestic Limited Liability Partnership
- Foreign Limited Partnership
- Foreign Limited Liability Partnership
- Foreign General Partnership
- Sole Proprietorship
Also, there are different methods that you can use to search for business entities, such as:
- Search by Corporation Name
- Searcy by LLP/LLC Name
- Search by Entity Number
Let’s look at each of these search methods one by one.
Method 1: Search by Corporation Name
The search by Corporation Name function is a widely used type of business entity lookup.
All you have to do is to enter the name of the business entity you are searching for to see if there is a match in the database or not.
Once you enter the corporation name, you can add an additional search filter by selecting either “Exact” or “Begins With” from the “Keyword” drop-down menu.
Once you have entered the required fields, click the button “Search”.
Method 2: Search by LP/LLC Name
The next possibility is to search for a limited partnership (LP) or a limited liability company (LLC).
Just like for a corporation name search, you can add an additional search filter by specifying if your keyword should be an “Exact” match or “Begins With”.
Once you’re done, you hit the “Search” button.
Method 3: Search by Entity Number
The next option is to search for an entity using the “Entity Number” attributed to it by the state of California.
This type of search is possible if you already have the entity number and it allows you to narrow your search specifically to that single entity.
Step 3: Search results
Once you’ve performed your desired search, you will then be presented with the business entity search results.
If you did a search using a corporation, LLC, or entity name, you will see the following search results page:
The search results page presents to you the following information:
- Entity Number
- Registration Date
- Entity Name
- Agent for Service of Process
If there is a company or business having a name that matches your search query, you will see it on the search results page.
Step 4: Select entity
If you have found a business matching your query or a business entity that you would like to get further information on, you should click on the hyperlinked business entity name from the search results page.
Step 5: Business entity information
To complete your business entity search in California, you’ll end up getting the business entity records or information made available publicly by the state.
The entity information page looks like this:
The business entity information provides some valuable information about the business entity selected.
Here is a quick overview:
Business Entity Information:
- Registration Date
- Entity Type
- Agent for Service of Process
- Entity Address
- Entity Mailing Address
In addition to that, you’ll find additional information given about the business entity.
In our example, there is a note that says that a Statement of Information is due every year beginning five months before and through the end of October.
Business Entity Filing Information:
You also have a table showing some of the company filings, in our case we have:
- Statement of Information No Change
- Statement of Information
- Company registration
Last, at the bottom of the page, you have a statement about what’s not included in the California Secretary of State’s database:
- Corporations with a status of “Surrender”
- Information on name reservation and name verification
- If the image of a filing document is not found online, it can be ordered
- Any certificate, status reports, certified copies of documents or copies of documents can be ordered
Certificate of status:
Another aspect of the business entity information page is that you can order a Certificate of Status directly from there by clicking on the “Certificate of Status” button.
There you have it!
You have now performed a California Secretary of State Business Search?
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California Secretary of State Business Search:
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