Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) maintains the records of all the business entities registered in the state. The SCC also provides an online tool using which one can search for any registered business in the state. The tool is available to the public for free and can be accessed online.
In this article, we will be providing instructions on how you can search for a business entity on the SCC website. If you are looking to find information on name reservation or check availability of a business name, refer to this link.
Information about LLC, LLP, Non-Profit, Sole Proprietorship, and corporation information is available online. However, General Partnerships cannot be searched online and one needs to call the clerk’s office (804) 371-9733) to find information about them.
Virginia Business Entity Search
Step 1: Open Virginia State Corporation Commission Business search page – Link (Opens in new tab).
Step 2: You have the option to search either by business name or SCC ID.
By Business Name: You can enter either the complete or partial name of the business. Do not enter any punctuation or corporate endings (LLP, LLC etc).
Following search filters are available for assistance:
- Keyword – Will show the list of businesses which contains the searched word in the name.
- Starts With – Will show businesses starting with the searched term.
- Contains – Will show businesses containing the searched term.
For example – To search for a company ‘BreadCrumbs Technologies LLP‘, following combination can be used:
- Search Term: ‘Technologies‘ | Filter: Keyword
- Search term: ‘Breadcrumbs‘ | Filter: Starts with
- Search term: ‘Crumbs‘ | Filter: Contains
By SCC ID: Each business after registration with SOS is assigned a unique 8 character alphanumeric ID. If you are aware of the ID you can directly query the business information.
Step 3: Enter the search query in the text box and click on ‘Search‘ button.
Step 4: On the next page, you can view the list of business entities that matched the specified criteria. Along with the business name, the following information will be shown:
- SCC ID
- Business Entity Name
- Entity Type
Step 5: Based on the information available, select the desired entity. Either click on the SSC ID or the business name to view further information.
Step 6: On the final page, one can view complete information about the business.
Business Entity Details Page – Explanation of the terms used
|Name||Business Entity Name|
|SCC ID||Business Entity ID|
|Entity Type||Business Class – LLC/LLP/Corporation (Domestic/Foreign) (Profit/Non-Profit)|
|Jurisdiction of Formation||State in which the business was registered|
|Date of Formation/Registration||Date of formation of the business|
|Status||Current Business Status – Active/Inactive/Dissolved|
|Shares Authorized||Total Authorised Shares|
|Principal Office||Office Address|
|Registered Agent/Registered Office||Registered Agent Name and address|
Additionally, business owners/registered agent can file for following document/amendments:
- File a registered agent change
- File a registered office address change
- Resign as the registered agent
- File a principal office address change
- Pay the annual registration fee
- Order a ‘Certificate of Fact of Existence‘
- View eFile transaction history
Office of the Clerk
Tyler Building, 1st floor
1300 E. Main St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219Mail Address
Office of the Clerk
P.O. Box 1197
Richmond, Virginia 23218
|Phone Number||Richmond Area: 804-371-9733|
|Office Hours||8:15 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday (except for Official Central/State Holidays)|
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Last Updated on: 05/10/2018