North Carolina Business Entity Search (LLC, Corporation, Partnership)

North-Carolina-State-ShapeIn North Carolina, Business entity records are maintained by the office of NC Secretary of State. These records are a matter of public records and are made freely available online. 

Conducting a business entity search can be helpful in many ways. Aspiring entrepreneurs can use the functionality to research names for their business. Business owners can file reports online. And finally one can use the tool to conduct research on competing businesses.

Note: Information on only Limited Liability Companies, partnerships, corporations, and nonprofits is available online. It does not cover sole proprietorships.

For the first-timers, conducting a business entity search can be an intimidating task. Navigating through the North Carolina SOS website is tricky and often confusing.

But don’t worry!

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the exact step-by-step instructions on how to conduct the search. 

North Carolina Business Entity Search

You can conduct the search by,

Search by Company Name

Note: If you’re looking to research names for your business, use this option. Start by searching the chosen name in the database. If the name does not show up in the result, it would mean the name is available and can be registered.

Step 1: Start by opening the North Carolina business search page – Link.

Step 2: From the drop-down menu ‘Search By‘, select ‘Company‘.

Step 3: The next drop-down gives you five options which can be used to filter the results.

  • Starting with – Use this option if you would like to view the list of business names starting with the entered search term.
  • Any words – Use this filter, to view business names containing any of the entered words.
  • All words – All entered word should match.
  • Exact – The entered term should exactly match the business name.
  • SOS ID – If you know the 7 digit SOS Id, then you can directly query the business information.

Choose any of the filters based on your requirement.

Example: To search for a business name ‘Butterfly Concepts, LLC‘, your search term(s) could be:

  • Starting With – Butterfly
  • Any Words – Concepts
  • All Words – Butterfly Concepts
  • Exact – Butterfly Concepts, LLC

Step 4: Click on the ‘Search‘ button.

Step 5: On the next page, you can view the list of businesses that matched the criteria.

The following information is available for each business:

  • Name
  • SOS Id
  • Date
  • Formed
  • Status
  • Type

Step 6: Based on the available information, select the desired business.

Step 7: Finally on the next page, you can view detailed information about the business:

Legal NameBusiness Entity Name
Sos IdBusiness SOS ID
StatusBusiness Status – Active/Inactive/Dissolved
Annual Report StatusCurrent status of filing of the annual report
CitizenshipDomesticity – Domestic/Foreign
Date FormedDate of formation of the business
Fiscal MonthFiscal month followed by the business
Registered AgentName of the registered agent
Principal OfficeBusiness Office Address
MailingMailing Address
Reg OfficeRegistered Office Address
Reg MailingRegistered Mailing Address
OfficersManagement team of the firm
StockNumber of stocks and their value.

Additionally, one can also order certified copies, upload filing, and view filed documents.

Search by Registered Agent/Company Official Name

Use this search option, if you would like to find out the list of businesses with which a registered agent or a company official is associated with.

Step 1: Open the business search page. Select ‘Registered Agent’ or ‘Company Official‘ based on your requirement.

Step 2: Next select, whether you are looking for an individual or an organization.

Step 3: Select the appropriate filters and enter the search term.

Step 4: Click on the ‘Search‘ button.

On the next page, you can view the name of the person along with the number of businesses he/she is associated with. Click on the person’s name to view details about the associated businesses.

Contact Details

AddressPhysical Address
North Carolina Secretary of State,
2 South Salisbury St.,
Raleigh, NC 27601-2903 (Directions)

Mailing Address
North Carolina Secretary of State,
PO Box 29622,
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622.
Contact Number
  • Business Entity- 919-814-5400
  • Fax – 919-807-2063
EmailService of Process: sop@sosnc.gov
Annual Reports: arinfo@sosnc.gov
Customer Service: corpinfo@sosnc.gov
Office Hours8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sat/Sun – Closed

Links & References

  1. https://www.sosnc.gov/
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Carolina_Secretary_of_State

Last Updated on 11/02/2019

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James - October 21, 2018

I run a sole proprietorship contractor business in NC. Can I convert it into LLC. If yes, what is the process.

Many thanks!


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