You can find information on any corporation or business entity in California or another state by performing a search on the Secretary of State website of the state or territory where that corporation is registered. Use the links below to jump straight to the correct search page for California or find the page for another state. This site is not affiliated with any government entity and there is no charge to use it. Please note that while most states provide basic corporation registration information for free, there are some that may require a fee for more detailed information.
Search the California corporation registry
Follow this direct link to the official California Secretary of State corporation search page.
Find a business entity in another state
Choose the state where the corporation you are researching is registered.
How To Perform A Secretary Of State Business Search
While a Secretary of State business search might sound a little daunting, the process is quite straight forward and generally can be done very quickly. Most states have the same standards and will allow searches to be done online, while others will require a request to be submitted. Outside of different state regulations there are some things that always stay the same. Here are the basic steps to complete a search and get the information you need.
Decide what you will be searching by and make sure you have all the information that you need. Searches can generally be done on current business names, past business names, exact business names, for the person who registered it, by the registration number, or by the approval type. You can also search by the trademark that was granted to a business. Generally you will need to know at least one of these things to perform a search. 3. Location the online form or the form to be filled out for an in person request and fill in all of the information. As this is a governmental form it is not advised to keep any portion of the form blank and doing so might interfere with receiving your results.
Submit you form and wait. Generally the online forms will give you the information that you want within just a few minutes while in person requests may take hours or days. After you have pressed submit and made sure that everything is correct there is nothing else to do.
Secretary of State business searches are a useful tool that have been made as pain free as possible by the USA. They allow you to keep abreast of new developments, find out information from the past, and to make sure that everything is up to date. This powerful tool is generally offered free of charge.
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