Florida Business Entity Search (LLC, Corporation, Partnership)

Florida( FL) State ShapeIn Florida, the Division of Corporations (a subdivision of Florida Secretary of state) is the main body responsible for business formation, regulation and record keeping. And that’s where you need to visit to search for business entity information.

As a part of transparent governance, information related all the businesses registered in Florida are available online on the SOS website for FREE.

Information on the following businesses are available:

  • Corporations
  • Non-profits
  • Limited liability companies (LLC)
  • Partnerships

Searching for a business in Florida can be helpful in many ways, like:

  • Conducting business name availability search
  • Finding out registration details, business address, the period of existence etc of any business
  • Download Certificate of good standing, file Annual financial reports etc.

This article provides step-by-step instructions on how to search for a business entity in Florida (FL).

Florida Business Entity Search

Among all the Secretary of State departments in the USA, Florida SOS provides the most comprehensive and robust filters to effectively conduct the business search.

Following search options are available:

  • Entity name: Search by name of the business (Use this option to conduct business name availability check).
  • Officer/Registered Agent Name: Search by name of the business owner(s) or registered agent.
  • Registered agent name: Search by name of the registered agent.
  • Trademark Name: Search by trademark/service mark name.
  • Trademark owner name: Search by trademark owner name.
  • FEI number: By assigned FEI Number.
  • Document Number: By filed document number.
  • Zip code: Search for businesses in a particular zip code.
  • Street Address: Search for a business based on street address.

Search by Name

Step 1: Open Florida Division of Corporation business entity search page (opens in new tab).

Step 2: Enter the complete/partial name of the business in the text field.

Step 3: Click on the ‘Search Now‘ button.

Step 4: On the next page, you would be able to see the list of businesses matching your search term.

You can view the following information about each entity:

  • Corporate Name
  • Document Number
  • Status

Step 5: Now select the desired entity and click on the corresponding name.

Step 6: On the next page, you can view complete information about the business.

Explanation of the terminologies used in the results page:

Entity NameBusiness Entity Name Registered with SOS
Entity TypeIndicated Business Type – Domestic/Foreign/LLC/Corporation/Partnership
Document NumberBusiness entity unique ID
FEI/EIN NumberFederal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) / Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Date FiledDate of filing of incorporation documents
StateState of Jurisdiction
StatusCurrent Status of the Business – Active/Inactive
Principal AddressIndicates Business Address
Mailing AddressMailing Address of  the Business
Registered Agent Name & AddressName of the Registered Agent
Officer/Director/Authorized Person(s) DetailName/Address of the business members
Annual ReportsDate and year of the filing of the annual report(s)

Click on the ‘Events‘ button to view the history of any business changes or documents filed.

Search by Officer/ Registered Agent

Use this search method to find business entities with which any of the officer (director, member, owner) or registered agent is associated with.

How to Search?

Open search by officer/Registered agent page. Enter the name of the person in the search box and click on the ‘Search Now‘ button.

On the next page, you can view the list of names that matched the search query with the following details:

  • Officer/RA Name
  • Entity Name
  • Entity Number

Search by Registered Agent Name

Using this search, you can find the list of business entities with any Registered Agent (RA) is associated.

How to Search?

Open ‘Search by Registered Agent Name‘ web page (opens in new tab). Enter the complete or partial name of the agent and click on ‘Search Now‘ button.

On the next page, results will be shown.

Search by Trademark Name

Search registered trademarks using this option. Navigate to this page (opens in new tab) and enter the search string.

Search by Trademark Owner Name

Search trademarks based on the name of the trademark owner. Open this page and follow the instructions.

Search by FEI/EIN

If you know the FEI/EIN number (Federal Employee Identification) of the business, then you can directly search for business details. Open the FEI/EIN search page (link) and follow the onscreen instructions.

Search by Document Number

Each business document filed with the Florida Secretary of State is assigned a unique document number. Using this number one can search for the information about the business directly. You can find the search link here.

Contact Information

AddressDepartment of State
Division of Corporations
Clifton Building
2661 Executive Center Cir.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
PhonePhone: 850-245-6000
Fax: 850-245-6014
Hours8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST (Sat/Sun Closed)

Links & References

  1. http://dos.myflorida.com/
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_of_State_of_Florida

Last Updated: 11/02/2019

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