Records of business entities incorporated in Delaware is maintained by Division of Corporations unit of Delaware Secretary of State. Basic information regarding the business entities is provided to the public for free and it can be accessed online on the SOS website. Additionally, for finding the status of the business there is a charge of $10 and for fetching history, tax and annual reports there is a charge of $20.
Data about following types business entities is available on the Delaware secretary of state website:
- Sole Proprietorship
- General Partnership
- Limited Liability Partnership
- Limited Partnership
- Limited Liability Company
- Delaware Statutory Trust
- Joint Venture
Business entity search is essentially important to someone who is looking to request the certificate of good standing, certificate of status or view filed documents of the business. New business owners can also run the search to check if the business name he/she is looking to register is available or not.
Here on this page, we have described step by step instructions on how to search for a business entity online in Delaware (DE) secretary of state website.
Delaware Business Entity Search
Delaware (DE) secretary allows 2 ways to conduct a business entity search:
- By Entity Name
- By File Number
Search by Entity Name
Step 1: Open Delaware Business entity search page (opens in new tab).
Step 2: Enter the full/partial name of the business you are looking to search. The search is keyword based i.e all the entity names matching the search string will be shown.
Step 3: Click on ‘Search’ button.
Step 4: On the next page, you will be able to see the list of business names matching the criteria specified. Along with each entity name, File number of the business will also be shown.
Step 5: Click on the desired business entity.
Step 6: On the next page you will be able to see full details about the business. The following information will be shown:
Business Entity Details
|File Number||Unique Business ID Number|
|Incorporation Date / Formation Date (mm/dd/yyyy)||Date of formation of business entity|
|Entity Name||Name of Business Entity|
|Entity Type||A – General|
B – Bank
C – Closed Corp
D – DISC Corp
L – LLP or LLLP –
N – Non Title 8
R – Non-profit or Religious
S – Stock, Non-taxable – T
|State||State of Jurisdiction|
Registered Agent Information
|Name||Registered Agent Name|
|Postal Code||Zip Code|
One can also request for the Status summary for $10 and detailed status/tax information by paying a fee of $20.
Search by File Number
Each registered business in Delaware is allotted a unique 7 digit ID number. Using the ID number one can directly find information about the business available in SOS records. Follow the guide below to conduct the search:
Step 1: Open Delaware division of corporations business entity page – Link.
Step 2: Enter the ID number in the text field as shown in the image above. If the ID number is valid the result will be shown otherwise you will receive an error.
Step 3: Click on ‘Search‘ button.
Step 4: On the next page you will be able to see complete information about the business.
|Address||Division of Corporations|
John G. Townsend Bldg.
401 Federal Street, – Suite 4
Dover, DE 19901
|Contact Number||Phone: 302-739-3812 / 3813|
|Social Media||Twitter / FB|
|Office Hours||8AM – 5 PM (Mon to Fri)|
Sat/Sun – Closed
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Last Updated: 05/10/2018