South Carolina Business Entity Search (LLC, Corporation, Partnership)

Looking for information on how to search for a business entity in South Carolina?

Yes!

Well, we’ve got you covered. On this page, you can find the exact step-by-step instructions on how to carry out the search.

Whether you’re looking for information on how to check business name availability or trying to find information about a business, this guide will answer all your queries.

Let’s start:

In South Carolina, the business entity records are maintained by South Carolina Corporation Search, Filing, and Document Retrieval System. It is a subdivision of South Carolina Secretary of State. The division also maintains an online database of all the registered business entities in the state. The database is available to the public for free and can be accessed here.

Business owners can also use the online tool to file changes, annual reports and buy certified copies.

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

South Carolina Business Entity Search Guide

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 the partial name of the business, if you are unsure about the exact name.
  3. Avoid spelling or other errors in your search query for best results.

Step 3: Click on the ‘Search‘ button.

Step 4: On the next page, you can view the list of businesses which matched the search query.

You can view the following information about each of the business listed on the page:

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

If you don’t see any result, it probably means the name is available for registration. But its best to repeat the search with the individual words of the business name, to verify if there are any trademark infringements.

For example, the name ‘Google Web Media‘ appears to be available when you carry out the search. But as the word ‘Google‘ is trademarked, you can not register it.

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

The following information is available for each business:

Corporate Information
NameBusiness 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
AddressMailing Address

If you’re the registered owner of the business or agent, you can file relevant documents by clicking on the ‘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.


Secretary of State 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: 10/05/2019

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