Georgia Business Entity Search (LLC, Corporation, Partnership)
In Georgia, the business entity records are maintained by the Corporation division of the Secretary of State. These records are a matter of public records and are made available online for free.
The division is also responsible for keeping track of all the filed documents, such as formation, amendments, and dissolution of the registered entities.
First-time users may find it quite overwhelming to carry out the business entity search as it requires a series of steps.
For this very reason, we’ve put together this guide to help you carry out the search successfully.
Business entity search can help you in:
- Name Availability Check: to ensure that the business name you’ve chosen is unique and there are no trademark law violations
- Fetch Business Details: to check the business whereabouts, registration details, registered officer/agent name, business entity type, the period of existence etc
- Download documents such as the certificate of good standing, annual reports etc
Note: Information on LLC, LP, Partnership and Corporation is only available. Sole Proprietorship data cannot be searched here.
Georgia Business Entity Search
There are multiple ways to search for a business in Georgia (GA). You can use any of the below-mentioned criteria:
- Business Name (useful for conducting business name availability search)
- Control Number
- Registered Agent Name
- Officer Name
Search By Name
Step 1: Open Georgia Corporation division business search page – Link (opens in new tab).
Step 2: Select the ‘Business Name‘ option and enter the name of the business you are looking to search.
- Use filters – ‘Starts With’. ‘Contains’ and ‘Exact Match’, to narrow down the search.
- Avoid using common puntuations and business entity endings like LLC, Corporation etc.
Step 3: Click on the ‘Search‘ button
Step 4: The resulting page will display the business name (if you have searched with ‘exact match’) or list of names (for filters ‘Starts with‘ or ‘Contains‘) which matched the query.
You can view the following information about each of the business:
- Business Name
- Control Number
- Business type
- Principal office address
- Registered/designated agent name
For the purpose of illustration, we searched for ‘Motor‘ keyword and used the filter ‘Contains‘.
The search resulted in 7292 matching business entities.
Step 5: Now select the desired business you’re looking for by clicking on the corresponding name.
Step 6: On the final page, you’ll be able to see complete details about the business.
Note: Terminologies used in the business information page are explained below:
|Business Name||Business Entity Name|
|Control Number||Assigned Unique ID of the business|
|Business Type||Business Entity Type – Domestic/Foreign/LLC/Corporation/Profit/Non-Profit/For-Profit|
|Business Status||Current Status of the Business – Active/Inactive/Name Changes/Dissolved/Merged|
|NAICS Code||North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Classification|
|NAICS Sub Code||NAICS Sub Category Code|
|Principal Office Address||Business Address|
|Date of Formation / Registration Date||Date of Business Formation|
|State of Formation||State of Business Incorporation|
|Last Annual Registration Year||Last year in which Annual report was filed.|
Registered Agent Information
|Registered Agent Name||Name of Registered Agent|
|Physical Address||Address of Communication|
By Control Number
Each business registered with Georgia SOS is assigned a unique 8 digit control number. Using this number one can query the business details directly. Unlike search by name, this is an accurate form of search.
How to Search?
Open the business search page and select ‘Control Number‘. Next, enter the 8 digit number and click on the ‘Search‘ button.
Registered Agent Name
If you would like to find out the list of business entities with which any registered agent is associated with, then use this search method.
How to Search?
Open the SOS business search page and select ‘Registered Agent Name’. Enter the name of the registered agent and click on the ‘Search‘ button.
On the next page, you can view the result.
Additionally, the following details will be shown: Business Name, Control Number, Business Type, Principal Office Address, Registered / Designated Agent Name and Status.
Use this option to find the list of business entities with which any of the business officer (director, member, owner) is associated with.
|Address||2 MLK, Jr. Dr. Suite 313,|
Floyd West Tower Atlanta,
|Phone||Phone: (404) 656-2817|
Toll Free: (844) 753-7825
|Working Hours||8:30 to 5:00 PM Mon to Fri|
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Last Updated: 11/02/2019