In this article, you will find step by step instructions on how to search for any registered business (LLC, Corporation, Partnership etc) on South Dakota Secretary of State website.
Why Business Entity Search?
Generally, a business entity search is done to check if any business name is available for registration or not. It can also be used to verify if any business is legally registered in the state or not. Also, the search can help uncover vital information about any competing business.
So let’s begin:
The business division of South Dakota secretary of state is responsible for formation, amendment and record keeping of business entities in the state. It also responsible for maintaining an online searchable database of all the registered businesses.
The business records are provided by SOS online for free to the public on it website. The data is updated online every week.
South Dakota Business Entity Search
There are two primary ways to search for a business in the South Dakota business database – by Business Name or by Business ID.
Searching by ID can be quicker, as it will immediately lead you to the exact business entity you’re looking for, but in case you don’t have it, searching by name can be a good alternative.
Here is a handy explainer to help you search for a business entity registered in South Dakota (SD).
Search by Business Name
First of all, head to the South Dakota SOS website and navigate to the online business search page.
Step 1: Enter your search query into the text box next to ‘Search Name‘ field.
Step 2: Choose the filter – ‘Starts with’ or ‘Contain’.
Step 3: Tick ‘Active Entities Only’ to view only active businesses.
This can be useful for gathering information that’s up to date and refining your search results further.
Step 4: Click on the ‘Search’ button.
In this example, we searched for a business with the phrase, ‘technology’ in its name. As you can see from the attached screenshots, this gave us over 500 results.
Refining the search query, adding more details or searching for a more exact match by using the ‘Starts with‘ option could have given us more accurate results.
In addition to the business name, you will also see the Business ID, type, name type, filing date and status in the search results.
Step 6: Select the business you’re looking for by clicking on the corresponding business ID.
Step 7: You will be led to the company page which will furnish the following details:
- Name and status of the registered company
- Initial filing date
- State it was formed in
- Term of duration
- Location of principal office
- Shares of stock
- Due date for the next annual report
- Mailing address
- Details of the registered agent
For more advanced details such as a history of the uploaded documents and filings, scroll further to the bottom of the company summary page.
If you would like to file the Annual report, download certificate of good standing, file a statement of change or request for certified copies, scroll to the top of the page.
Search by Business ID
You can search for a business in South Dakota by Business ID as well.
Step 1: Navigate to the South Dakota business services online page (opens in new tab).
Step 2: Enter the ‘Business ID‘ and ensure that all the digits are accurate, else you might not see the right details.
Step 4: On the next page, you will see the details for the business entity matching the entered Business ID.
Step 5: Click on the hyperlinked ‘Business ID‘ to view complete details about the business.
|Address||Secretary of State|
500 East Capitol Avenue Ste 204
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
|Phone Number||(605) 773-4845|
|Office Hours||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time (Monday – Friday)|
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Last Updated: 05/10/2018