Louisiana Business Entity & Corporation Search

Louisiana (LA) State ShapeBusiness Service Division of the Louisiana Secretary of State maintains the records of all the business entities registered in the state.

Basic information about businesses is available to the public for free and it can be accessed on the Secretary of State website.

Records of LLCs, Corporations, Non-Profits, and Trade/service marks registered in Louisiana can be found online.

Business entity search can help,

  • Aspiring business owners can check for business name availability
  • Existing business owners can file/download annual reports, amendments etc.
  • Finding public information about any business such as owner’s name, address etc.

To help you out with the search, we’ve created this step-by-step guide.

Louisiana Secretary of State Business Entity Search

You can conduct the search:

  • By Entity Name (also useful for checking business name availability)
  • By Entity Number: Charter Number, Trade Registration Number, or Name Reservation Number
  • By Individual name: Officer Name or Agent Name

By Entity Name

Step 1: Searching the SOS database by entity name is quite straightforward. Open the business search page, and select Search by Entity Name as your search type.

Step 2: Enter complete/partial name of the business in the text box.

In case you don’t know the full name of the business, enter as many keywords as possible to limit the search result.

Louisiana Business Entity Search

Note: Common punctuation, special characters, and business designators like LLC, LLP, or corporations are ignored by default.

Step 3: On the next page, you can view list of business entities that match your search string. Use the associated information to pinpoint the business you are looking for.

Louisiana Business Entity Search Result

Sample Result for ‘Technology’ Query

Step 4: To view further information about the business, click on the ‘Details’ button

Step 5: On the final page, you’ll be able to view all the business information available with the SOS. Information such as the type of company, its status, charter number and registration date are available.

Additional information includes the mailing, domicile address as well as details of registered agents and officers. You can also check whether any amendments are on file.Amendments

On this page, you can also buy certificates and certified copies, subscribe to an electronic notification and print the records.

Certified Copies

Following information about each business is available with the SOS:

NameBusiness Name
TypeBusiness Type – LLC/LLP/Corporation
CityCity in which business is located
StatusCurrent Business Status – Active/Inactive/Dissolved
Previous Business NamesPrevious Names of the Business
Charter NumberBusiness ID number
Registration DateDate of Business Registration
Domicile AddressBusiness Address
Mailing AddressCommunication Address
Inactive ReasonReason the business was marked inactive
File DateDate of filing of business documents
Last Report FiledLast annual report filing date

By Charter Number, Trade Registration Number, or Name Reservation Number

When a business registered with the Business Services division, it is assigned a unique alphanumeric identifier known as a Charter Number. Trade Mark, Trade Name or Service Mark application are also assigned a unique numeric identifier.

Step 1: Open Louisiana SOS business search page and select Search by Charter Number, Trade Registration Number, or Name Reservation Number‘.

Step 2: Input the ID number in the text field.

Note: The Charter Number includes 8 digits and 1 letter, in a format such as 35294371D. All 9 characters must be entered.

Identifier for Trade Name, Trade Mark or Service Mark ID is of 6 numeric characters – XX-XXXX.

Search by Charter Number

Step 3: On the next page, you will be able to view the details about the corresponding business.

By Officer or Agent name

Use this form of search to find out businesses with which any officer or agent is associated.

Step 1: Open Lousiana business search page – Link. Next, select ‘Search by Officer or Agent name as your Search type.

Step 2: Enter the first and last name of the person (refer to the image below).Search by officer agent name

Step 4: Click on the ‘Search’ button.

Step 5: On the next page, you can view the list of businesses with which the person is associated with. Click on the ‘Details‘ button to view furth information about the business.

LA Secretary of State Contact Information
Address8585 Archives Avenue,
Baton Rouge,
LA 70809
Phone Number(225) 925-4704
Office Hours8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday (except for Official State Holidays)

Links & References

  1.  https://www.sos.la.gov/BusinessServices/ContactUs/Pages/default.aspx
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_of_State_of_Louisiana

Last Updated on: 26/03/2019