Montana Business Entity & Corporation Search
In Montana, the Business Services Division of the Montana Secretary of State is the primary body responsible for business regulation and incorporation in the state.
The division is also responsible for record keeping of the registered business entities. As a part of transparent of governance, basic information about businesses is made available to the public.
The Secretary of State maintains a free tool on its website (https://sos.mt.gov/) where one can find information about any business registered in Montana.
Basic information such as owner’s name, address, registered agent name, etc can be viewed.
Currently, information on DBAs, Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, Corporations, trademarks, and LLCs can be searched online.
The business entity search is generally done to:
- research business name availability
- check the legal existence of any company
- to find registration details, registrant whereabouts, and business address
- download certificate for existence
- To file annual reports
In this guide, we have jotted down step-by-step instruction on how to search for a business entity in Montana.
Montana Secretary of State Business Entity Search
You can conduct the search by:
- Business Name or ID: Simplest method to conduct the search using the business name or ID.
- Advanced Search: Useful for running more complex queries and narrowing down broad results. You can search by registration date, business type, and status.
By Name or Number
Step 1: Navigate to the Montana business search web page and click ‘Get Started‘ button.
Step 2: In the new page that opens, click on ‘Search for a Business‘ link and proceed.
Step 3: On the next page, enter either the business name or ID, you’re looking for.
Using the filter- starts with/contains, you can refine the search results.
While searching by name, make sure you remove comma, period and other punctuations.
Note: If you are searching by ID, do not enter spaces or hyphen.
Step 4: Click on the ‘Search‘ button.
Step 5: On this page, you can view the list of businesses which matched the search query.
You can view the following information about each of the business listed on this page:
- Business Name
- Registration Date
- Entity Type
Note: In case of ‘Search by ID’, you will be directly taken to the business details page.
For the purpose of illustration, we searched for ‘Electrical‘ keyword. The search resulted in 52 matching business entities (refer to the image below).
Step 5: Now select the business you’re looking for by clicking on its name.
Step 6: On the final page, you will be able to view complete details about the business.
Below we have explained the meaning of each term used in the report:
|Name||Business Entity Name|
|Status||Business Status – Active/Inactive|
|Known in Montana Name||If the operating business name is different in Montana|
|Registration Date||Business Registration Date|
|Expiration Date||Business Expiry Date|
|Business Description||Short Description of the business|
|Applicant Type||Business Applicant Type – Individual/Corporation|
|Mailing Address||Business Communication Address|
On the final page, you can also request the following documents:
- Business Certificates
- Copies of Business Documents
- Principals Information
- Business Entity Report
If the business name you are looking for shows any of the following status, it means the name is reserved and can not be registered.
- Old Name
Step 1: Similar to search by name, follow step 1 and 2. Next, you’ll be redirected to the page which looks like this:
Step 2: Next, click on the ‘Advanced’ button. In advanced search, you can filter the search results based on:
- Register (Business type) – Business Entities, Business Name, Trademarks, Commercial Agents
- Registration date – Using this one can narrow down the result based on the business registration date.
- Status – Current business status – Active or Inactive
Step 3: Click on the ‘Search’ button.
Step 5: On the next page, you will be able to view the list of companies that match the search criteria.
Step 6: Based on the available information, click on business you were looking for. On the next, page you’ll be able to view complete business details.
MT Secretary of State Contact Details
Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton
State Capitol Building
1301 E. 6th Avenue
Helena, MT 59601 (Directions)Mailing Address
Montana Secretary of State
P.O. Box 202801
Helena, MT 59620-2801
|Office Hourse||8 AM – 5 PM (Mon to Fri)|
Sat/Sun – Closed
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Last Updated on: 03/04/2019