The Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations (a division of the department of state) maintains a searchable database for all the business entities that are registered with it. Using the search functionality one can search through Pennsylvania department of state business database for information on LLCs, LLPs, Corporations, and others.
Benefits of conducting a Business Search
If you are considering starting your own business, it’s best to check and make sure that no pre-existing business shares a name that may conflict with yours. The business search can provide you information about any registered business, such as:
- Business type and other specifications
- Date of formation and expiration
- Address and contact details.
Here’s how you can easily search the database for any registered business in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Business Entity Search
One can lookup for any entity in two ways, by using the Business Entity Name or Business Entity ID.
Search by Business Entity Name
Step 1: To find a registered business in Pennsylvania, start by visiting the Pennsylvania Secretary of State business search page – Link.
Step 2: The database has one single search box which can be used for multiple types of search queries. To search by business name, type in your search query into the search box.
You can select the ‘Only Active Corporations box‘ if you want to filter out any inactive businesses.
Step 3: Using the ‘Type Of Search‘ option, you can search for a business name starting with your search phrase, one which contains it, or even an exact match.
In case you’re unsure about the exact name, type in a search phrase that may be similar or sound like the desired business name.
Step 4: As an example, if you search for the phrase ‘technology’, you will see a list of business entities with the word ‘technology’ in their name. To identify the correct business, refer to the address, entity type, and number or status, as given below.
Step 5: If you have not found the right business, you can return to the search results by clicking on the ‘Back to Search’ button. Otherwise, click on the name of the required business to access more details about that particular entity.
Step 6: On the next page, you will find additional details such as:
|Name||Business Entity Name|
|Name Type||Business Name Type – Current/Fictitious/Trade|
|Entity Number||Business Entity Number|
|Entity Type||Business Entity Type – LLC/LLP/Corporation|
|Status||Business Status – Active/Inactive/Terminated/Merged/Dissolved|
|Entity Creation Date||Date of Business registration|
|Effective Date||Effective date on which business was recognized as valid|
|State Of Inc||State of Incorporation|
|Title||Designation – Owner/Manager|
Step 7: One can also download ‘Filed Documents’ on a chargeable basis. An initial search fee of $15 is charged for any order, along with an additional fee of $3.00 per page. You will have to register an account prior to accessing this additional information.
Search by Business Entity ID
The second option for searching for any business is by using the official entity ID.
Step 1: Navigate to the Pennsylvania Department of state business search webpage.
Step 2: As mentioned above, the same search box can be used for searching by both name or ID. To search by ID, enter the 7-digit number assigned to that entity.
Note: The business entity ID provided by the Business Division of the Pennsylvania Secretary of State is a unique 7-digit number.
Step 3: Make sure that all the digits are accurate so that your search can yield the right results. An accurate business ID search should show a single entry, for the business entity you are searching for.
Step 4: Next, click either on the name of the business or the entity ID to view further information.
|Address||206 North Office Building|
401 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
|Phone Number||(717) 787-1057|
|Office Hours||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday to Friday|
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Last Updated: 05/10/2018