New Jersey Business Entity & Corporation Search

New Jersey (NJ) State ShapeLooking for information on how to search for a business entity in New Jersey? If yes, then you will find this guide helpful.

Before we go ahead, here are few a few points which you should know:

The Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services of New Jersey Secretary of State maintains the database of all the businesses registered in the state. This database is open to the public and anyone can access it online on the New Jersey SOS website.

Information such as business name, address, registered agent details along with annual reports and filed documents are stored in the DB.

How can the business entity search help?

Business entity search can be helpful to check the availability of a business name, verify the authenticity of any business, and find information about the business owner.

New Jersey Business Entity Search

On this page, we have provided step by step instructions on how to navigate through NJ secretary of state website and conduct the search.

New Jersey (NJ) Business Entity Search

You can search for registered business entities in the state of New Jersey in three different ways.

  • By Business Name
  • By Keyword Search
  • By Entity ID

If you are a new business owner, you can use the ‘Business Name Availability’ option to check if the name you have selected for your business is available for registration or not.

 Search by Business Name

Step 1: Open New Jersey business entity search by name page – Link (opens in new tab).

Step 2: Enter the partial/complete name of the business you are looking to search in the text box.

Step 3: Click on the ‘Search‘ button.

Search Tips:

  1. Leave out the corporate ending such LLC, LLP etc.
  2. Use ‘%” at the end of the search term for wildcard search.

Step 4: On the next page, business entities matching the search query will be shown.  One can view the following information about each of them:

Business NameBusiness Entity Name
Entity IdBusiness Entity ID
CityCity where the business is located
Business Entity Type
  • AUT – EDA Subsidiary
  • DB – Foreign Corporation (DBA)
  • BDP – NJ Benefit Domestic Profit Corporation
  • DBA – For-Profit Corporation, Doing Business As
  • DP – Domestic Profit Corporation
  • FGP – Foreign Partnership
  • FLC – Foreign Limited Liability Company
  • FLP – Foreign Limited Liability Partnership
  • FR – Foreign Profit Corporation
  • GP – Partnership
  • LF – Foreign Limited Partnership
  • LLC – Domestic Limited Liability Company
  • LLP – Domestic Limited Liability Partnership
  • LP – Limited Partnership
  • NF – Foreign Non-Profit Corporation
  • NJR – Redevelopment Authority Subsidiary
  • NP – Non-profit Corporation
  • PA – Professional Corporation
Incorporated DateBusiness Incorporation Date

Step 5: Scroll through the search results, to find the business entity.  If you are unable to find the business in the list then try searching again with another keyword combination.

 Search by Keyword

Use this search, if you know one or more words of the business name. Using this form of search gives broad results which would need further filtering.

Step 1: Open search by keyword page – Link.

Step 2: Enter the keyword in the text field. Max 5 keywords can be added.

Step 3: Click on the ‘Search‘ button.

On the next page, you can find the list of business entity names, that matched the searched criteria.

 Search by Entity ID

Each business in New Jersey is assigned a unique 10 digit ID by the secretary of state. Using this ID, one can directly conduct the search.

Step 1: Open New Jersey search by Entity ID page – Link.

Step 2: Enter the 10 digit ID in the text field.

Step 3: Click on the ‘Search’ button.

If the provided ID is correct, you will be able to view the business information on the next page.

 Business Name Availability

Step 1: Navigate to ‘Business Name Availability‘ search page.

Step 2: Enter the business name you have chosen in the text box.

Step 3: Click on the “Search” button

Step 4: On the next page, you can check if the name is unique or not and can it be registered.

Contact Information

AddressPhysical Address
New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way
225 West State Street – 2nd Floor
Trenton, NJ (Directions)

Mailing Address

New Jersey Secretary of State
P.O. Box 450
Trenton, NJ 08646-0303

Contact Number
  • Business Entity- (866)534 7789
  • Fax – (609) 984-6851
Contact Form/Email
Office Hours9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Mon to Fri)
Sat/Sun – Closed

Links & References


Last Updated: 05/11/2018

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