North Carolina Business Entity & Corporation Search

North-Carolina-State-ShapeNorth Carolina Secretary of State allows the public to search for information on any business entity (Limited Liability Companies, partnerships, corporations, and nonprofits). One can conduct the search by business name, registered agent name or company official name. Details such as status, business address, registered agent, and stock information can be found using the search tool. 

Information about North Carolina Business Entities are a matter of public record and is available for free. Using the tool one can:

  • Check business name availability
  • Check the legal status of the business
  • Download Certificate of Good Standing

If you haven’t done a business entity search before it might be intimidating. This article gives you step-by-step instructions on how to conduct a search. Using these guidelines you can search for any entity registered in the state.

North Carolina Business Entity Search

To start your search for business entities you need one of the following handy:

Search by Company Name

Step 1: To search for a business by name, start by opening 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 a 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.
  • SOSID – If you know the 7 digit SOS Id, then you can directly query the business information.

Choose any of the filter based on your requirement.

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

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

Step 4: Click on ‘Search‘ and it takes you to the next page where you can review the results.

Step 5: On the next page, you can view the list of businesses that matched the criteria. The following information is available:

  • Name
  • Sos Id
  • Date
  • Formed
  • Status
  • Type

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

Step 7: 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 business with which a registered agent or a company official is associated with.

Step 1: On the business search page, and select ‘Registered Agent’/’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 ‘Search‘ button.

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

 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 :
Annual Reports :
Customer Service :
Office Hours8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sat/Sun – Closed

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Last Updated on: 05/10/2018

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