The Division of Corporations of Florida Secretary of State, oversees everything related to the formation and regulation of businesses in Florida.
As a part of transparent governance, information related all the businesses registered in Florida are available online on the SOS website.
Information related to the following businesses are available:
- Limited liability companies (LLC)
Searching for a business in Florida can be helpful in many ways:
- Checking availability of the business name
- Finding out registration details, business address, the period of existence etc.
- Download Certificate of good standing, Annual financial reports etc.
This article provides step-by-step instructions on how to search 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 number of ways to conduct the business search.
Following options are avsailable:
- Entity name: Search by name of the business.
- 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 business in a particular street.
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 ‘Search Now‘ button.
Step 4: On the next page, you could see the list of businesses matching your search term. You can view following information about each entity:
- Corporate Name
- Document Number
Step 5: Now select the desired entity and click on its 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 Name||Business Entity Name Registered with SOS|
|Entity Type||Indicated Business Type – Domestic/Foreign/LLC/Corporation/Partnership|
|Document Number||Business entity unique ID|
|FEI/EIN Number||Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) / Employer Identification Number (EIN)|
|Date Filed||Date of filing of incorporation documents|
|State||State of Jurisdiction|
|Status||Current Status of the Business – Active/Inactive|
|Principal Address||Indicates Business Address|
|Mailing Address||Mailing Address of the Business|
|Registered Agent Name & Address||Name of the Registered Agent|
|Officer/Director/Authorized Person(s) Detail||Name/Address of the business members|
|Annual Reports||Date and year of the filing of the annual report(s)|
Click on the ‘Events‘ button to see 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 ‘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 the 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 business and click on ‘Search Now‘.
On the next page, results will be shown.
Search by Trademark Name
Search trademarks name using this form of search. 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 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 registered with 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.
|Address||Department of State|
Division of Corporations
2661 Executive Center Cir.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
|Hours||8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST (Sat/Sun Closed)|
Links & References
Last Updated: 22/10/2018