Maine Business Entity & Corporation Search

Looking for information on how to search for a business entity in Maine? Yes? We’ve got you covered.

We’ve put together this step-by-step guide to help you carry out the search successfully.

The Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions (CEC) maintains a searchable database of all the business entities registered in the state of Maine. The CEC is a sub-division of Maine Secretary of State which oversees business filings and record keeping. 

The SOS keeps track of LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, and Trusts. Basic information about businesses is free and can be accessed on the Secretary of State website.

Business entity search help can help you in following ways:

  • to research and check for business name availability
  • to find information about any other business registered in Maine
  • file relevant documents (annual reports, amendments etc)

Maine Secretary of State Business Entity Search

There are two ways in which you can search for a business entity in Maine – by keyword, or by Charter Number.


By Keyword

Step 1: Open Maine CEC corporate name search page – Link  (opens in new tab).

Step 2: Enter the name of the business you are looking for in the ‘Keyword‘ text box.

You can either enter the complete or partial name of the business. Use the wildcard (%) filter to find businesses starting with, ending with or containing a certain keyword.

For example: To search for a business name ‘ALEX CORP’ you can use the following search queries:

  • Exact: ALEX CORP
  • Keyword: Alex%
  • Partial Keyword: %lex%

Step 3: Click on the ‘Click Here to Search‘ button.

Step 4: On the next page, you can view the list of business names which matched the search query. If you have found the right entity, click on ‘Information summary’ link on the right of the name to learn more about it.

In case you have not found the right entity, try searching again with an alternate keyword.

Step 6: On the next page, you can view the following information about the business:

Legal NameName of the Business Entity
Charter NumberRegistered charter number assigned to the business
Filing TypeBusiness legal structure
StatusCurrent standing with the secretary of state
Important DatesFiling Date / Expiration Date
State of JurisdictionName of the state where business was incorporated
Associated IndividualsNames and addresses of clerks / registered agents

To view, the list of filed documents click on ‘View list of filings‘. This will take you the next page where you can view the list of available documents, such as the Articles of Incorporation, Annual report, Notices, Change of clerk documents, etc. 

You can also download the images of the filed documents by paying a fee of $3 for uncertified document and $5 for the certified document.

Certified copy of the certificate of legal existence, is also available. The fee for the document is $10.


By Charter Number

Each business is assigned a unique alphanumeric 10 digit charter number. If the charter number has only 9 digits, add a space between the 8th and the 9th character.

Using the charter number you can directly lookup business information.

Step 1: Open Maine CEC corporation search page here

Step 2: Input the charter number in the search box. Click on ‘Click Here to Search.

Step 3: On the next page, you’ll be to view the business details (only if the charter number is correct).


ME Secretary of State Contact Information
Address101 State House Station,
Augusta,
Maine 04333-0101
Phone Number(207) 624-7736
Emailcec.corporations@maine.gov
Office Hours8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday

 Links & References

    1. http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/
    2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_of_State_of_Maine

Last Updated on: 28/03/2019

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