Kansas Business Entity & Corporation Search

Kansas (KS) State ShapeKansas Secretary of State maintains an online tool known as Business Entity Search Station (BESS). It is a searchable database of all the business entities currently filed with the SOS. The data is available to the public for free and is updated in real time.

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

On this page, we have given step by step instructions on how to search for a business entity in the state of Kansas (KA).

Kansas Business Entity Search

One can search for any business entity in Kansas in 5 ways:

  1. By business entity name
  2. By 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

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

Search Tips

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

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

If you are unable to find the business information on the list, 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 ‘View Record‘ button.

Step 7: On the next page, you will 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 name change,  update resident agent information, and view business documents.

Search by Business Entity ID Number

Use this search, if you are aware of the Business ID number assigned by 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 ‘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 ‘Search‘ button.
Step 5: If the ID number is correct, you will be able to view complete details about the business entity.

Search by Keyword

Use this search, when you are not sure about the complete name of the business. Please note this form of 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 ‘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 by name of the Resident Agent. Please note you would need to enter the full name of the resident agent. If you don’t know the complete name, use resident agent keyword search.

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

 Contact Information
Address534 S. Kansas Avenue, Ste. 1210
Topeka, KS 66603-3434
Emailks-helpcenter@egov.com
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: 05/10/2018

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