Montana Business Entity & Corporation Search

Montana (MT) State ShapeIn 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.

Montana (MT) Business Entity Corporation Search

Step 2: In the new page that opens, click on ‘Search for a Business‘ link and proceed.

Search for a business Montana (MT)

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.
Montana (MT) Business Search Page
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
  • Status
  • 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).

Montana (MT) Business Entity Corporation Search Result Page

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.

Montana (MT) Business Detail Page

Below we have explained the meaning of each term used in the report:

NameBusiness Entity Name
StatusBusiness Status – Active/Inactive
Known in Montana NameIf the operating business name is different in Montana
Registration DateBusiness Registration Date
Expiration DateBusiness Expiry Date
Business DescriptionShort Description of the business
Applicant TypeBusiness Applicant Type – Individual/Corporation
Mailing AddressBusiness Communication Address

On the final page, you can also request the following documents:

  • Business Certificates
  • Copies of Business Documents
  • Principals Information
  • Business Entity Report
Name Reservation

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.

  • Active
  • Cancelled
  • Consolidated
  • Dissolved
  • Forfeited
  • Incorporated
  • Inactive
  • Merged
  • Old Name
  • Revived

Advanced Search

Step 1: Similar to search by name, follow step 1 and 2. Next, you’ll be redirected to the page which looks like this:

Montana (MT) Business Entity Search Advanced Page

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
AddressPhysical Address
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
Contact Number
  • Annual Reports – (406) 444-5522
  • Business Entity – (406) 444-3665
  • UCC – (406) 444-2468
  • Fax – (406) 444-3976
EmailMontanasosbusiness@mt.gov
Office Hourse8 AM – 5 PM (Mon to Fri)
Sat/Sun – Closed

Links & References

  1. https://sos.mt.gov/
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_of_State_of_Montana

Last Updated on: 03/04/2019

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