Category Archives: Alabama Secretary of State (SOS) Taxable Business Entity Search

Use the Secretary of State’s database to search for a Corporation, Limited Liability Company, Limited Partnership (LP), Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), and Limited Liability Limited Partnership (LLLP) owner information as well as verifying that an entity name is available during the formation process.

Alabama Secretary of State Corporation Entity Name Search

Step 1 – Go to the Alabama Secretary of State.

Step 2 – You should be brought to a webpage that looks like the one on the video below. From here you may search all corporation names and entities that exist or existed in Alabama.
You have the option to lookup a corporation by:
Entity Name – Most Popular.
Entity Number
Month and Year (of Incorporation)
Highly Recommended – When typing in your keywords for any one of these options that you be as descriptive as possible. The database will return all results that match your query terms.

Use this form if you are seeking to reserve a corporation name. Attach a check for $10 ($25 to Expedite) and send to the Secretary of State located at:
PO Box 5616,
Montgomery, AL 36103

If you are looking to create a corporation after checking the names database you may use one of the articles of incorporation forms below. Attach the $40 filing fee (made payable to the Secretary of State) and send to the Probate Court’s office where you reside.

Domestic Profit Articles of Incorporation – Most popular for residents.
Domestic Non Profit Articles of Incorporation
Foreign Articles of Incorporation

Alabama Secretary of State LLC Search & Lookup

Step 1 – Go to the Alabama Secretary of State

Step 2 – In the field box that you see like the one below, type in the name of the LLC that you are looking for.

Alabama LLC Search

Alabama LLC Search

Step 3 – As an example, we typed in the name ‘mcdonalds‘ to see what it would bring up. The results should look like this:

LLC Search Results

LLC Search Results

Step 4 – Click on the blue link on the left under Entity ID and you will be able to see all the information on file with the Secretary of State’s office as seen in the sample below:

Sample Result

Sample Result

Why Search for an LLC Name?
The 3 most popular uses for using this search are:

1 – Lookup owner information.

2 – Reserving an LLC name. Most people that reserve a name want to make sure it has not been already taken at the Secretary of State’s office. How do I reserve a name? Download the name reservation form. For in-state (Domestic) download here, and for out-of-state (Foreign) download here.

Attach the $10 filing fee and send to: PO Box 5616, Montgomery, AL 36103

3 – Creating an LLC. Most applicants will check to make sure just like above that the name they want is available.

How do I create an LLC?
Step 1 – If you are in Alabama you will want to fill in the Domestic Articles of Organization.
If you are outside Alabama you will want to fill in the Foreign Articles of Organization.

Step 2 – Attach the filing fee. Domestic is $100 and Foreign is $150. Make payable to the Alabama Secretary of State.

Step 3 – For domestic, send the fee and completed form to the Probate Court Location closest to where you reside.
For Foreign, send to the Secretary of State located at: Secretary of State, Business Services,
P.O. Box 5616, Montgomery, Alabama, 36103-5616.

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