South Carolina Business Entity Search (LLC, Corporation, Partnership)
Looking for information on how to conduct a business entity search in South Carolina?
Well, we’ve got you covered. On this page, you can find exact step by step instructions on how to carry out the search.
Whether you’re looking to check business name availability or looking to find information about a business, this guide will answer all your queries.
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, which provides a set of tools to search and fetch records of any existing business entity registered in the state.
Business owners can also use the online tool to file changes, annual reports and buy certified copies. The tool is available to the public for free and it can be accessed here.
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.
- Don’t include business endings such as LLC, Corporation in the search query.
- Use partial name of the business, if you are not sure about the exact name.
- Make sure to 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.
The following information is available for each of the business listed:
- 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 again with individual words in the business name, to verify if there are any trademark infringements.
For example, the name ‘Google Wed 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.
If you would like to open multiple business listing, simply press ctrl button on your keyboard and click on the business name. Thus each business listing will open in new tab.
Step 6: On the next page, you can view complete public information about the business.
The following information is available for each business:
|Name||Business Entity Name|
|Entity Type||Business Entity Type – LLC/LLP/Corporation|
|Status||Business Status – Active/Inactive/Dissolved/Merged|
|Domestic/Foreign||Domesticity – Whether the business is a domestic or foreign entity|
|Incorporated State||State of Incorporation|
|Effective Date||Date of registration of the business|
|Expiration Date||Business expiry date|
|Term End Date|
|Dissolved Date||Date on which business was dissolved|
|Agent Name||Registered Agent Name|
If you’re the registered owner of this 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.
|Address||Business Filings Division|
SC Secretary of State’s Office
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201
|Phone Number||(803) 734-2158|
|Office Hours||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday (except for Official State Holidays)|
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Last Updated on: 11/02/2019