Businesses in Minnesota are registered with the Office of the Secretary of State (SOS), specifically with Minnesota Business Services which comes under the Office of the SOS. The various types of businesses that can be registered in the state are as follows:
- Assumed Names/DBA
- Minnesota Business Corporations
- Minnesota Nonprofit Corporations
- Foreign Corporations (Business, Nonprofit and Cooperative)
- Minnesota and Foreign Limited Liability Companies
- Minnesota and Foreign Limited Liability Partnerships
- Minnesota and Foreign Limited Partnerships
- Minnesota Public Benefit Corporations
This article will show you, step-by-step, how to search for a registered business in the state of Minnesota. Searching for businesses is important when you are looking for name availability to open your own business. It is also useful to know the legal standing of a business, whether it is in good standing with the state. It also gives you more information on the business, such as the Address, the name and contact details of the Registered Agent.
Follow the guide below to search for businesses in the state of Minnesota.
Minnesota Business Entity Search
Search by Business Name
Step 1: Open Minnesota business filings search page (refer the image below).
Step 2: Select ‘Business Name‘ tab and the name of the business in the search box.
You can use filters ‘Begin with’ or ‘Contain’ to fine-tune your search. You can also look for only Active/Inactive corporations and choose to Exclude/Include prior names.
Step 3: Click the search button.
For example, we tried searching for “hairdressers” as you can see in the below image:
Step 4: On the next page, you can view the list of business names that match the entered string. Additionally, you can view Business Status, Business Type and Name type of each listing. Based on available information, if you have found the correct listing go ahead, else you will have to try new search terms.
Step 5: Click on the ‘Details‘ link to view more information about the business. You will now see a more detailed page, like this one.
Explanation of the terms used in the business entity details page:
If you know the Filing number of the Business you may use this search. Go to the corporation records search page and click on ‘File Number’next to the business name. Similar to ‘Search by Name’ follow the steps to conduct the search. Note: Searching by filing number is accurate as each business is assigned a unique number by the secretary of state. Sources and Links Last Updated on: 05/10/2018
Business Name Registered name of the business Business Type Type of business Name Type Type of Name Business Status Active/Inactive File Number Registered filing number of business Important Dates Date of filing and Renewal due date MN Statute The Minnesota Statute number Home jurisdiction Jurisdiction of business Status Status of Business Principal Place of Business Address Address of business Associated Individuals Nameholder and address
Search by Filing number
Address Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building
60 Empire Dr., Suite 100
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Phone Number 1-877-551-6767 firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours 9 AM to 4 PM
If you know the Filing number of the Business you may use this search. Go to the corporation records search page and click on ‘File Number’next to the business name. Similar to ‘Search by Name’ follow the steps to conduct the search.
Note: Searching by filing number is accurate as each business is assigned a unique number by the secretary of state.
Sources and Links
Last Updated on: 05/10/2018