Georgia Business Search (Step-By-Step)

Are you forming a corporation, LLC or business entity in Georgia?

How do you do a Georgia Business Search?

Looking for an awesome step-by-step guide?

We are super excited to begin!

Let’s search in the Georgia business search database!

Are you ready?

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Business Search Registry

In Georgia, 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 Georgia Business Search registry.

It looks like this:

Georgia Business Search - Step 1 Business Search Registry

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:

  • Profit Corporation
  • Non-Profit Corporation
  • Professional Corporation
  • Profit Corporation
  • Non-Profit Corporation
  • Professional Corporation
  • Domestic LLC
  • Foreign LLC
  • Domestic Limited Partnership
  • Domestic Limited Liability Limited Partnership
  • Foreign Limited Partnership
  • Foreign Limited Liability Partnership
  • Foreign Limited Liability Limited Partnership

Also, there are different methods that you can use to search for business entities, such as:

  • Search by Business Name
  • Search by Control Number
  • Search by Agent Name
  • Search by Officer Name
Georgia Business Search - Step 2 Database search methods

Let’s look at each of these search methods one by one.

Method 1: Search by name

The search by name function is the most widely used type of business entity lookup.

Georgia Business Search - Step 2 Method 1 Search by entity name

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.

You can further refine your search by using the search filters “Starts With”, “Contains” or “Exact Match”.

This will help you better narrow down your keyword research.

Once you have entered the required fields, click the button “Search”.

Method 2: Search by Control Number

The next possibility is to search by Control Number.

A Control Number allows you to do a very specific and narrow search using the exact control number given to you by the state.

Georgia Business Search - Step 2 Method 2 Search by Control Number

Method 3: Search by Registered Agent Name

The next option is to search using a registered agent name.

The registered agent is the person or business entity authorized to receive service of legal process and legal documents on behalf of the company.

Georgia Business Search - Step 2 Method 3 Search by Registered Agent Name

Method 4: Search by Officer Name

A fourth option is to search using an officer’s name related to a business entity.

An officer is a person declared by the business entity as acting as its officer with the state.

Georgia Business Search - Step 2 Method 4 Search by Officer Name

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 corporation, LLC or entity name, you will see the following search results page:

Georgia Business Search - Step 3 Search results

The search results page presents to you the following information:

  • Business Name
  • Control Number
  • Business Type 
  • Principal Office Address
  • Registered/Designated Agent Name
  • Status

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.

Georgia Business Search - Step 4 Select entity

Step 5: Business entity information

To complete your business entity search in Georgia, 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 Information:

  • Business Name
  • Business Type
  • Business Purpose
  • Principal Office Address
  • State of Formation
  • Control Number
  • Business Status
  • Date of Formation / Registration Date
  • Last Annual Registration year

Registered Agent Information

  • Registered Agent Name
  • Physical Address
  • County

In addition to the business entity information, you also have the option to click on the “Filing History” or “Name History” related to the business entity.

The filing history will provide you with a record of the various filings of the company.

The name history a record of the name history of the business entity.

Takeaways 

There you have it!

You have now performed a Georgia Business Search?

Let’s look at a summary of the process.

  • Step 1: Go to the Georgia business registry
  • Step 2: Do a search by entity name or other search options offered by the state
  • Step 3: Assess the search results 
  • Step 4: Select the matching company in your search result
  • Step 5: View the business entity information made available by the state 
How to start a business in Georgia
How to incorporate in Georgia 
How to form a Georgia LLC
How to register a trade name in Georgia 
Georgia business license 
Georgia Certificate of compliance
How to register for an EIN
Registered agent services 
Incorporation services
LLC formation services 
Document filing services 
Georgia name reservation 
Author