South Carolina Business Entity & Corporation Search

South Carolina Corporation Search, Filing, and Document Retrieval System is responsible to maintain records of all the businesses registered in the state. Using it one can search for information about any business, buy certified copies of filed documents, and business owners/agents can file relevant documents using it. The tool is available to the public for free and one can be accessed here.

If you are searching for a business entity in South Carolina, the instructions below will provide you with step-by-step guidance on how to find the information you are looking for.

Note: Information about LLC, LLP, Name reservation, Non-Profit, and Corporation is only available online.

South Carolina Business Entity Search

Step 1: Navigate to SC business name search page – Link (opens in new tab).

Step 2: Type in the complete or the partial name of the business in the text box. Select the available search filters (Begins with, Exact match and contains) based on the search query.

Search Tips:

  1. Don’t include business endings such as LLC, Corporation in the search query.
  2. Use partial name of the business, if you are not sure about the exact name.
  3. Make sure to avoid spelling or other errors in your search query for best results.

Step 3: Click on ‘Search‘ button.

Step 4: On the next page, you can view the list of businesses which matched the search query. The following information is available for each of the business listed:

  • Entity Name
  • Date of Incorporation
  • Entity Type
  • Entity Status
  • Incorporated State

Step 5: To view more information about the chosen business, click on the entity name.

Bonus Tip:
If you would like to open multiple business listing, simply press ctrl button on your keyboard and click on the business name. Thus the business listing will open in new tab.

Step 6: On the next page, you can view complete public information about the business. 

Searching through this database will provide you the following details about any business that has been registered in South Carolina:

Corporate Information

NameBusiness Entity Name
Entity TypeBusiness Entity Type – LLC/LLP/Corporation
StatusBusiness Status – Active/Inactive/Dissolved/Merged
Domestic/ForeignDomesticity – Whether the business is a domestic or foreign entity
Incorporated StateState of Incorporation

Important Dates

Effective DateDate of registration of the business
Expiration DateBusiness expiry date
Term End Date
Dissolved DateDate on which business was dissolved

Registered Agent

Agent NameRegistered Agent Name
AddressMaling Address

If you are the registered owner of this business or agent, you can file relevant documents by click on Add Filing’  button at the bottom of the page. You will have to log into your account for this.

To start a new search, click on the Back button at the bottom of the company page.

 Contact Information
AddressBusiness Filings Division
SC Secretary of State’s Office
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number(803) 734-2158
Email
Office Hours8:00 AM – 5:00 PM  Monday – Friday (except for Official State Holidays)

Links & References

  1. http://www.sos.sc.gov/Business_Filings_-_General_Information
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_of_State_of_South_Carolina

Last Updated on: 05/10/2018

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