Florida Business Entity Search (LLC, Corporation, Partnership)
In Florida, the Division of Corporations, a subdivision of Florida Secretary of State holds the records of all the business entities registered in the state.
It also deals with the business incorporation, regulation and compliance.
As a part of transparent governance, basic information related to all the businesses registered in Florida are available online on the Secretary of State website for FREE.
The SOS holds information on Corporations, LLCs, Partnerships and Non-profits incorporated in Florida.
Business Entity search is generally done to:
- check business name availability
- find out registration details, business address, the period of existence etc. of any business
- download Certificate of good standing, file Annual financial reports etc.
In this guide, we’ll cover step-by-step instructions on how to search for a business entity in Florida (FL).
Florida Secretary of State Business Entity Search
Among all the Secretary of State departments in USA, Florida SOS provides the most comprehensive and robust filters to effectively conduct the business entity search.
It offers the following search options:
- 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.
Note: You can use one or more filters together to further narrow down the search results.
By Business 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 will be able to view the list of businesses matching your search term.
Additionally, you can view the following information about each listed entity:
- Corporate Name
- Document Number
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 report:
|Entity Name||Business Entity Name Registered with SOS|
|Entity Type||Indicated Business Type – Domestic/Foreign/LLC/Corporation/Partnership|
|Document Number||Business 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 view the history of any business changes or documents filed.
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
By Registered Agent Name
Using this search, you can find the list of business entities with which 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.
By Trademark Name
Search registered trademarks using this option. Navigate to this page (opens in new tab) and enter the search string.
By Trademark Owner Name
Search trademarks based on the name of the trademark owner. Open this page and follow the instructions.
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.
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. Here is the search link here.
FL Secretary of State Contact Information
|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 on: 27/03/2019