On this page, you can find step by step instructions on how to search for business entities (LLCs, Corporations) on Tennesee Secretary of State website. We have also mentioned search tips which you would find it helpful while conducting the search.
So, Tennessee Secretary of State (SOS) maintains a public database of all the registered businesses in the state. The database is available online on the secretary of state website.
Using the search functionality available on the site, one can easily check the availability of any business name, or view business records. Business owners/registered agents can also file relevant documents using the search.
Tennessee Business Entity Search
You can search for a registered business in Tennessee in two ways – by name or Secretary of State Control Number.
Even though searching by “Control Number” can be the quickest and most accurate way to view a business, searching by name is recommended in case do not know exact details of the business.
Search by Name
Step 1: Open the Tennessee Business Information Search page – Link.
Step 2: Type your search string in ‘Search Name’ text box.
Type in a phrase which is either the first part of the name or is contained within the name. Check ‘Starts with‘ or ‘Contains‘ accordingly.
To search for only active entities, check the ‘Active Entities Only‘ box.
You will have to input a CAPTCHA as well before going ahead.
Step 3: Make sure you avoid any typos or other errors in your search phrase and click on ‘Search‘ button.
Step 4: On the next page, you will see a list of companies which matched the search criteria with details such as the Entity Type, Status and Filing date.
In this example, we have searched for a name containing the phrase, ‘automobiles’ and checked the box ‘Active entries only’.
Step 5: Next, click on the control number of the entity to view further information.
If you have not found the right entity, you can return to the search results by clicking on ‘Return to the Business Information Search’ on the top right of the screen.
Step 6: On the next page, you can view complete business details which are available with the secretary of state.
|Name||Business Entity Name|
|Initial Filing Date||Date of Business Filing with Division of Business Services|
|Delayed Effective Date||Date on which business incorporation will be processed|
|AR Due Date||Annual Report Due Date|
|Status||Business Status – Active/Inactive/Dissolved/Merged|
|Inactive Date||Date of on which Business was termed Inactive|
|Formed in||State of Incorporation|
|Fiscal Year Close||Fiscal year ending month|
|Term of Duration||Date of expiry of the business license|
|Principal Office||Business Communication Address|
|Mailing Address||Mailing Address|
|AR Exempt||Annual Report Exemption|
|Managed By||Business Managed by – Members/Manager|
|Obligated Member Entity||Any 3rd party obligated member/entity for the business (ref)|
|Number of Members||Number of business members|
Under ‘Available Entity Actions‘, business owners/agents can file following documents:
- File Annual Report
- Certificate of Existence
- Cease Business in Tennessee
- Change Registered Agent
- Register an Assumed Name
- Reinstate the Business
- Update Mailing Address
On the bottom of the page, you can check if the business has any assumed/fictitious name, view history of filed documents, and registered agent information.
Search by Control Number
All the businesses registered with the Secretary of State are assigned a unique Control Number. Using this number one can directly conduct the search.
Step 1: Open Tennessee business entity search page.
Step 2: Type in the 9-digit Control number in the control# text box, and click on ‘Search‘.
Step 3: On the next page, you can view the business entity associated with the control number. Click on the control number to view further information.
If the control number is invalid, you will receive an error.
|Address||Division of Business Services|
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Snodgrass Tower, 6th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
|Phone Number||(615) 741-2286|
|Office Hours||8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday (except for Official State Holidays)|
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Last Updated on: 10/01/2018