Kansas Business Entity Search (LLC, Corporation, Partnership)

Kansas (KS) State ShapeIn Kansas, the business entity records are maintained by the office of the Secretary of State. The records are a matter of public records and are made available online for free.

These records can be accessed on the Business Entity Search Station (BESS) web page. It is a searchable database of all the business entities currently filed with the SOS.

The database contains information on – LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, and Domestic/Foreign entities. 

Please note, following types of business entities are not registered with the SOS and cannot be searched:

  1. Sole Proprietorships
  2. DBA
  3. Assumed Name
  4. Trade Name
  5. Fictitious Name

Aspiring entrepreneurs can use the search functionality to check for business name availability. Additionally, the tool can be used to gather information about public businesses.

Navigating through the SOS website is often confusing as you may get overwhelmed with the options. Don’t worry, on this page, we’ve provided step by step instructions on how to carry out the business entity search on Kansas Secretary of state website.

Kansas Business Entity Search

You can conduct the search by,

  1. Business entity name
  2. Business entity ID number (not the FEIN)
  3. By any keyword – Based on the Partial business name.
  4. By a resident agent’s full name
  5. By a resident agent’s name – keyword (Partial name)

By Business Entity Name (Use it for checking Business Name Availability)

Step 1: Open Kansas business entity search page – Link.
Step 2: Click on the ‘Business Entity Name‘ link.
Step 3: On the next page, enter the name of the business you’re looking to search in the text box.

Search Tips

  • Don’t enter common terms such as investment, business etc. Using these terms may fetch very broad results.
  • Don’t use punctuations like full stop, comma etc.

Step 4: Click on the ‘Search‘ button.
Step 5: On the next page, you’ll be able to view the list of companies which matched the searched criteria. Additionally, you will also be able to see the name of the company, ID number, and status.

Note: If no matching results are found, this would mean that the business name is available and can be registered. 

Additionally, if you’re unable to find the business in the list, this there is a possibility that the business was not registered in the state of Kansas or it is a sole proprietorship, DBA, or fictitious name.

Step 6: Select the desired business entity by clicking on the ‘View Record‘ button.

Step 7: On the next page, you’ll be able to view detailed information about the business. The information would include the following data:

Current Entity NameOfficial Name of the Business
Business Entity ID NumberUnique Business ID number 
Current Mailing AddressBusiness Communication Address
Business Entity TypeBusiness Entity Type – Profit/Non Profit/Foreign/Domestic
Date of Formation in KansasDate of Business Formation
State of OrganisationState in which Business was registered.
Current StatusCurrent Status of the Business – Active/Inactive/Dissolved/Forfeited

Resident Agent And Registered Office

Resident AgentResident Agent Name
Registered OfficeCommunication/Mailing Address

Annual Reports

Tax Closing MonthTax or Book closing Period
The Last Annual Report on FieDate of filing of last annual report
Next Annual Report DueDue date of next annual report
Forfeiture DateLast date of filing of annual report

Additionally, on this page, business owners can also request for the certificate of good standing, file for the name change, update resident agent information, and view business documents.

Search by Business Entity ID Number

Use this search option, if you know the Business ID number assigned by the Secretary of state. Follow the steps below to conduct the search.

Note: Business ID number is not FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number).

Step 1: Open Kansas Secretary of State business division page.
Step 2: Click on the ‘Search by Business Entity ID Number‘ link.
Step 3: Enter the unique ID number in the text field. Don’t enter any dash or spaces in the search box.
Step 4: Click on the ‘Search‘ button.
Step 5: If the ID number is correct, you will be able to view complete details about the business.

Search by Keyword

Use this search, when you are not sure about the complete name of the business. Please note this search may fetch very broad results.

Step 1: Open Kansas Business entity search page.
Step 2: Click on ‘Search by Keyword‘ link.
Step 3: On the next page, enter the keyword in the text field. Do not use common terms and punctuations in the search text.
Step 4: Click on the ‘Search‘ button.
Step 5: On the next page, you can view the results. Click on the ‘View Record‘ button on the left section of the screen to fetch further details.

Search by Resident Agent full Name

Use this search, if you are looking to find the list of companies with which a Resident Agent is associated with. Please note you would need to enter the full name of the resident agent. If you don’t know the complete name, use the resident agent keyword search.

Step 1: Open Kansas SOS search page.
Step 2: Click on the ‘Search by Resident Agent‘ link.
Step 3: Enter the agent name in the search box and click on the ‘Search‘ button.
Step 4: On the next page, you’ll be able to view the results.

In case the search does not yield any result, try searching again with an alternate name or use keyword search.

Search by resident agent’s name – Keyword

Use this search if you don’t know the complete name of the Resident Agent. Open KS business search page. Select ‘Search by Resident Agent name – Keyword‘ button. On the next page, enter the name and click on the ‘Search‘ button.

Contact Information

Address534 S. Kansas Avenue, Ste. 1210
Topeka, KS 66603-3434
PhonePhone: (800) 4KANSAS (800-452-6727)
Fax:(785) 296-5563
Hours8 AM to 5 PM (Mon to Fri)

Links & References

  1. https://portal.kansas.gov/help-center/contact-us/
  2. https://portal.kansas.gov/

Last Updated: 02/11/2019

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