Michigan Business Entity & Corporation Search

Michigan state shapeIn Michigan, all the businesses and professional licenses are registered with Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau (CSCL).

The CSCL is a subdivision of the Michigan Secretary of State which regulates and maintains records all the business entities registered in the state.

Each registered business is added to the public database which maintained by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Basic information about business entities can be accessed online on the Michigan Secretary of State website.

Information about S Corps, C Corps, Partnerships, LLCs, LLPs are available online.

Business entity search can help,

  • Verifying whether the business is legally registered or not
  • Finding information about any business such as registered address, owner’s name etc
  • Conducting business name availability check

Michigan Secretary of State Business Entity Search

In this section, we’ll be sharing step-by-step instructions on you can search for a business on the SOS website.

You can conduct the search by:

  • Business Name
  • Individual Name
  • Identification Number
  • Filing number

By Business Name

Step 1: Open Michigan corporations division search page – Link (opens in new tab).

Step 2: Choose ‘Search by entity name‘ option and enter the search string in the ‘entity name‘ text box.

Following search filters are available to narrow down the results:

  • Begin with (your search string)
  • Exact match
  • Keyword (recommended)
  • Soundex search (phonetically sounds like)

Step 4: Click on the ‘Search‘ button.

Step 5: On the next page, you can view the list of business names which matched the search criteria.

Additionally, ID Number, the Old ID number and the Registered Address would be displayed for each entry.

Step 6: Click on the desired business name to view more details.

Step 7: On the final page, you can view the following information about the business:

Business NameName of Entity
ID NumberLatest and any old Identification number
AddressOfficial address, Agent’s address
Entity typeSubchapter Corporation (S Corporation) / Conventional Corporation (C Corporation) / Limited Partnership / Limited Liability Company (LLC) / Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
Important datesIncorporation date, Dissolution date
TermPerpetual or otherwise
Annual ReportStatus/information about Annual report
Authorised SharesNumber of shares
Authorised AgentName and address
ActAct the business was formed under
FilingsAvailable for view or download
CertificateAvailable on request
Written consentYes / No
  • To request documents like the certificate of fact/good standing/status, click on the ‘Request Certificate‘ button.
  • To view datewise filing history and order certified copies, click on ‘View Filings‘ on the bottom of the page.

By Individual Name

Use this search option, to find businesses with which any member/registered agents is associated with.

Visit Michigan secretary of state business search page. Select ‘Search by Individual Name’ and enter the name of the person you are searching for. Click on the search button.

On the next page, you can view the results.

Following info about each entry will be available:

  • Name
  • Position
  • Individual’s
  • Address
  • Entity Name
  • ID No.
  • Old ID No.

Click on the corresponding business name to view further information.


By Identification/Filing Number

If you know the identification number (6 or 9 characters) or filing number, then you can directly find the business information.

On the corporation division search page, select search by ID number or filing number. Enter the ID in the corresponding text box and click on search button. On the next page, you can view the business information associated with the ID/Filing number.


MI Secretary of State Contact Information

AddressOttawa Building
611 W. Ottawa
P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone NumberPhone: 517-373-9280
Fax: 517-241-1580
EmailBCHS-Help@michigan.gov
Office Hours8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Monday to Friday)

Sources and Links

  1. https://www.michigan.gov/sos/
  2. https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-61343-139996–,00.html

Last Updated on: 28/03/2019

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