Illinois Business Entity & Corporation Search
Looking for information on how to conduct business entity search in Illinois? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Department of Business Services, a subdivision of Illinois Secretary of State maintains the database of all the registered businesses in the state.
Basic information about businesses can be accessed for on the Secretary of State website.
Registration information of Limited liability companies, Limited liability partnerships, and corporations are available with the department. However, it does not maintain information on sole proprietorships.
Business entity search can help you,
- to check the availability of a business name
- to find information about any business such as address, owner(s) name etc
- to file relevant business documents
Illinois Secretary of State Business Entity Search
In this section, we will be discussing step by step instructions on how to search for a business in Illinois.
Step 1: Open Illinois Department of Business Services page – Link (opens in new tab).
Step 2: Select whether you are looking to search for an LLC or Corporation or both. If you are unsure simply select ‘Corporate and LLC‘ option.
Step 3: Click on ‘Continue‘ button.
Step 4: On the next page, you can choose from any of the following search options:
- Name – Business names starting with the entered search term will only be shown.
- Key Word – Business names containing the entered word will be shown.
- Partial Word – Shows business name containing the partial word anywhere in the name.
For example: Let’s try searching for a business – ‘Happy Go Lucky LLP‘. The search combination can be:
- Name – ‘Happy’
- Keyword – ‘Go’
- Partial Word – ‘Luck’
Step 5: Enter the name of the business in the text box.
Step 6: Click on the ‘Continue‘ button.
Step 7: On the next page, you can view the result. Following information about each entry is shown:
- Entity Type
- File Number
- Corporation/LLC Name
Based on the available information, select the business you are looking for.
In case you are not able to find out the business, try searching again with a more specific query.
Step 8: On the next page, you will be able to view complete details about the business.
|File Number||Unique 8 digit Business Identifier|
|Entity Name||Business Entity Name|
|Status||Current Status of the Business|
|Entity Type||Business Entity Type – LLC/Corporation/Partnership etc.|
|Type of Corp||Type of Corporation – Domestic/Foreign|
|Incorporation Date (Domestic)||Date of Incorporation|
|State||State of business formation|
|Duration Date||Business Expiry Date|
|Annual Report Filing Date||Date of filing of Annual Report|
|Agent Details||Registered Agent name and contact details|
|Officer(s) Name & Address||Name and contact details of officers/directors|
Business owners/agents can purchase a certificate of good standing by paying a fee of $45 plus 2.5% payment processing charges.
Additionally, business owner(s) can file the following documents:
- File Annual Report
- Adopting Assumed Name
- Articles of Amendment Effecting a Name Change
- Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office Address
IL Secretary of State Contact Information
|Address||213 State Capitol|
Springfield, IL 62756
|Phone Number||Toll Free: 1800-252-8980|
Outside Illinois: 217-785-3000
|Office Hours||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday (except for Official State Holidays)|
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Last Updated on: 28/03/2019