Massachusetts Corporation & Business Entity Search

Massachusetts (MA) State ShapeLooking for information on how to search for a business entity in Massachusetts? If yes, then we have got you covered.

We’ve put together this step-by-step to help you search for business records on Massachusetts Secretary of State website.

The Corporations Division of the Massachusetts Secretary of State holds records of all the corporations and business entities registered in the state. Business entity information is a matter of public record and can be accessed for free on Massachusetts SOS (https://www.sec.state.ma.us/) website.

The SOS keeps records of the Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and LP registered in the state.

Searching for a business entity can help,

  • In researching and checking business name availability
  • Verifying legality of any business
  • Download Certificate of Good Standing or file the annual report.
  • Find information about any business

Massachusetts Secretary of State Business Entity Search

You can search for a business by:

  1. Entity Name (Company/LP/LLP/LLC)
  2. Individual (Officer/Director)
  3. Identification Number
  4. Filing Number

By Entity name

Step 1: Visit the MA Corporations Division business search page.

The search page will look like the image below:

Massachusetts Business Entity Search

Step 2: Enter the name of the business entity (Company/LP/LLP/LLC) you are looking for.

If you don’t know the exact name of the business, you can use filters to assist you with search: Begins with, Exact match, Full text, and Soundex as shown in the image above.

For example, let’s try searching for ‘Plumber’ (refer to the image below).

massachusetts-business search result page

Step 3: Next click on ‘Search Corporations‘ button.

Step 4: On the next page, you can view the search results.

Each entry on the search page will have the following data:

  • Entity Name
  • ID Number
  • Old ID Number
  • Address

With the information available on the search results page, you can narrow down to the business you are looking for.

If you’re unable to determine the business, try searching again with other keywords.

Step 5: Click on the business name to view further information.

Step 6: On the next page you can view complete information about the business.

Massachusetts Business Entity Details Page


By an Individual Name

Step 1: Open Massachusetts SOS business search page (refer to the image below) and select ‘Search by an individual name’.

Step 2: Enter the First Name, Middle Name and Last Name of the person. The First Name and the Last Name are mandatory fields.

If you do not know the exact name of the person, you can try using the available search filters – Begins with, Exact, Full text and Soundex.

Step 3: Next, click on the ‘Search Corporations’ button.

Step 4: On the next page, you can view business entities with which the person is associated with.

You can view the following information about each entity:

  • Name of the Person
  • Position
  • Individual Address
  • Entity Name
  • ID Number
  • Old ID Number

Step 4: Click on the business name to view further information.

Step 5: On the next page, you can view complete business details.


By Identification Number

Each registered business in MA is assigned a unique 9-digit ID. Using the ID you can directly query business information.

Step 1: Open MA Corporation search page and select ‘Search by Identification Number’.

Step 2: Enter the 9-digit business ID.

Step 3: Click on the ‘Search Corporations’ at the end of the page.

Step 4: On the next page, you can view complete information about the business.


By Filing Number

The SOS assigns a temporary filing number to each business who’ve filed for formation. One can check the status of the application using the filing number.

Step 1: Open Massachusetts corporation search page and select ‘Search by Filing Number’.

Step 2: Enter the filing number of the business entity you are looking for.

Step 3: Click on ‘Search Corporations’ button at the end of the page.

Step 4: On the next page, you can view the following information:

  • Name
  • Name of the filing
  • Year Filed
  • Date Filed
  • Filing Number
  • View PDF

Business Entity Summary

On the final business summary page, following information about the business is provided:

NameBusiness Name
Entity typeBusiness Type – LLC/LLP/Corporation (Domestic/Foreign)
Identification NumberBusiness ID number
Date of Organization in MassachusettsDate of business formation in MA
AddressBusiness Address
Registered Agent Name/AddressRegistered agent name and address
Officers and directorsManagement of the business – Position, Name, Address

For publicly traded businesses, additionally the following information is available:

  • Class of Stock
  • Par value per share
  • The authorized number of shares and total par value
  • Total issued and the outstanding number of shares.

You can also request for certified copies by clicking on the ‘Request Certificate’ button.


MA Secretary of State Contact Information
AddressSecretary of the Commonwealth
Corporations Division
McCormack Building
One Ashburton Place, 17th floor
Boston, MA 02108

Directions

Contact NumberTelephone: 617-727-9640
Fax: 617-742-4538
Web Contactcorpinfo@sec.state.ma.us
Office Hours8:45 AM – 4 PM (Mon to Fri) Sat/Sun – Closed

Links & References

  1. http://www.sec.state.ma.us/
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts_Secretary_of_the_Commonwealth

Last Updated on: 28/03/2019

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