Puerto Rico Business Entity and Corporation Search
Records of all the business entities registered in Puerto Rico can be found online on the Registry of Corporations and Entities website.
Currently, information on the following types of business entities can be searched online:
- Limited Liability Companies
- Limited Companies
- Limited Liability Partnership
- Limited Partnership
- Foreign Entities
Before we go ahead with the search guide, here are a few points you should know:
The Registry of Corporations and Entities (a sub-division of Puerto Rico Department of State) is the primary body which handles business incorporation. Upon successful formation, each business is assigned a unique registration number. This ID can be used to verify and validate the legal existence of the business in Puerto Rico.
Conducting a business entity search can help you:
- check for business name availability
- find information about any business
- file/download relevant business documents
- verify the legal existence of any business
The simple steps outlined below will help you navigate through the corporation registry and conduct the search successfully.
Puerto Rico Secretary of State Business Entity Search
There are two ways to search for a registered business entity in the state of Puerto Rico – by Register Number or Corporation Name.
To search by ‘Register Number’, you need to know the unique ID assigned to the business.
Do note that all search results are limited to 250 records, so make sure that your search query is accurate and targeted.
Searching by corporation name is the most flexible and recommended way to search in case you don’t know the business ID.
Search by Corporation Name
Step 1: Open Registry of Corporations and Entities corporation search page (opens in new tab).
Step 2: Enter the name of the business you’re looking to search in the ‘Corporation Name’ text box.
Step 3: If required, use the search filters to narrow the search results. You can select ‘All words’, ‘Any word’, ‘Starting with’ or ‘Exact match’.
Step 4: Click on the ‘Search All Entities’ button. To filter out inactive entities, click on ‘Search Active Entities Only’.
Step 5: On the next page, you can view the list of business names matching the search criteria.
For example, here is the search result for the query ‘technology’ (refer to image below).
On the results page, you can find information such as business class, for-profit or non-profit type and status of each of the listed business. Use this information to pinpoint the business you are looking for.
Step 6: Click on the business name to view further details.
Step 7: On the next page, you can view complete information about the business.
In case you haven’t found the right entity, click on ‘Return to Search Results’ at the bottom of the page.
Step 8: On the final page you can find information about the business such as:
- Name and register number
- Status and class of company
- Type and state of jurisdiction
- Name and details of Resident Agent
Step 9: By clicking on the ‘Articles’ tab, you can view documents such as Certificate of Incorporation, amendments, and name change history. To view Annual reports and balance sheet information, click on the ‘Annual Filings‘ tab. To view the history of certificates issued, click on the ‘Certificate‘ tab.
Explanation of the terms used in the search report:
|Business Name||Name of the Business Entity|
|Register Number||Registered ID of the business|
|Class||Corporation / Limited Liability Company / Limited Company / Limited Liability Partnership / Limited Partnership / Foreign Entity|
|Status||Active / Inactive / Expired / Cancelled|
|Jurisdiction||State of incorporation|
|Resident Agent||Name and contact details|
|Registered Effective Date||Date of registration of the business|
|Other details||Articles, Annual filings, and Certificates|
Search by Register Number
Use this method if you know the unique registration number assigned to the business.
Step 1: Navigate to Puerto Rico Department of State business search page.
Step 2: Input your query in the search box next to ‘Register Number‘, and click on the ‘Search All Entities‘ button. To filter out inactive entities, click on the ‘Search Active Entities Only‘ button.
Step 3: On the next page, you can view the details of the corresponding business. If the entered ID is incorrect, an error will be shown.
Step 4: Click on the business name to access further details.
Secretary of State Contact Information
|Address||State Department of Puerto Rico|
Calle San José,|
San Juan, 00901,
|Phone Number||(787) 722-2121|
|Office Hours||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday (except for Official State Holidays)|
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Last Updated on: 02/05/2019