Tennessee Business Entity & Corporation Search

Tennessee state shapeOn 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.

Let’s Begin:

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.

[icon name=”arrow-circle-right” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] 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’.

Tennessee Business Name Search

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.

NameBusiness Entity Name
Initial Filing DateDate of Business Filing with Division of Business Services
Delayed Effective DateDate on which business incorporation will be processed
AR Due DateAnnual Report Due Date
StatusBusiness Status – Active/Inactive/Dissolved/Merged
Inactive DateDate of on which Business was termed Inactive
Formed inState of Incorporation
Fiscal Year CloseFiscal year ending month
Term of DurationDate of expiry of the business license
Principal OfficeBusiness Communication Address
Mailing AddressMailing Address
AR ExemptAnnual Report Exemption
Managed ByBusiness Managed by – Members/Manager
Obligated Member EntityAny 3rd party obligated member/entity for the business (ref)
Number of MembersNumber 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.

[icon name=”arrow-circle-right” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] 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.

[icon name=”arrow-circle-right” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Contact Information
AddressDivision of Business Services
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Snodgrass Tower, 6th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone Number(615) 741-2286
Office Hours8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday (except for Official State Holidays)

Links & References

  1. https://sos.tn.gov/
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_of_State_of_Tennessee

Last Updated on: 10/01/2018

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 2 comments
Will Jacobs - October 12, 2018

Hey Meredith,

I have a query around trademark? When do I register the trademark. Do I register it before formation of the LLC or after formation?


    Meredith Karter - November 5, 2018

    Will, great question. I always recommend registering LLC first and then trademark. If you register the trademark name first and somehow your LLC filing gets rejected then you would end up in a tricky position.

    Keep in mind to run the trademark availability check before finalizing the LLC name.
    I hope that was helpful.



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