Tennessee Business Entity & Corporation Search
In this guide, we’ll be sharing step-by-step instructions on how to search for business entities like LLCs, Corporations, etc on the Tennesee Secretary of State website. We will also be sharing few tips to help you out with the search.
The 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 and anyone can access it for free.
Conducting a business entity search can help you:
- check business name availability
- filing/downloading business documents
- view details of any business registered in Tennessee
In the next section, we have shared the instructions on how to go ahead with 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.
Step 1: Open the Tennessee Business Information search page – Link.
Step 2: Enter the name of the business in the ‘Search Name’ text box.
You can use the filters – ‘Starts with‘ or ‘Contains‘ refine the search result.
To search for only active entities, check the ‘Active Entities Only‘ box.
Step 3: Complete the captcha challenge and click on the ‘Search‘ button.
Step 4: On the next page, you can view the list of companies which matched the search criteria along with the details such as the Entity Type, Status and Filing date.
In this example, we searched for business names 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.
Step 6: On the next page, you can view the complete information about the business which is 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 the 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
At 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.
By Control Number
All the businesses registered with the Secretary of State are assigned a unique 9-digit control number. Using this number you 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 the ‘Search‘ button.
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.
Secretary of State Contact Information
|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)|
Links & References
Last Updated on: 03/05/2019