Are you looking for information on how to search for a business entity in Georgia? If yes, then you will be finding this guide helpful.
In Georgia, the business entity records are maintained by the Corporation division of the Secretary of State.
The division also keeps tracks of all the filed documents, such as formation, amendments, and dissolution for all the registered entities.
How the business search can be helpful?
- Name Availability Check: to ensure that the business name is unique and there is no trademark law violation
- Fetch Business Details: to check the business whereabouts, registration details, registered officer/agent name, business entity type, the period of existence etc
- Download Certificates: to get information about the company’s current position, annual reports, share details etc
Information related to following business structures can be retrieved:
- Limited Liability Company (LLC)
- Limited Partnership (LP)
- Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
- Limited Liability Limited Partnership (LLLP)
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
- Control Number
- Registered Agent Name
- Officer Name
Searching for a business entity may seem difficult if you aren’t aware of the right ways to do it. Therefore we have created a step-by-step tutorial on how to search for a business entity on the Georgia Secretary of State website.
Search By Name
Step 1: Open Georgia Corporation division business search page – Link (opens in new tab).
Step 2: Select ‘Business Name‘ option and enter the name of the business you are looking to search.
- If you are not sure of the complete name of the business, you can make use of ‘Starts With’. ‘Contains’ and ‘Exact Match’ filter.
- Avoid using common continuations and business entity endings.
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‘) with the following information.
- 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 see complete details of that 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 ‘Search‘ button.
By 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 list probable matches. Additionally following details will be shown: Business Name, Control Number, Business Type, Principal Office Address, Registered / Designated Agent Name and Status.
By Officer Name
Similar to search by registered agent, use this option to find 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: 11/08/2018