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

Search the Delaware Secretary of State’s Business Database by Entity Name or File Number (#). You are able to search the system for: Corporations, General Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies (LLC), Limited Liability Limited Partnerships (LLP), and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP).

Delaware Secretary of State Corporation Entity Search

Step 1 – Go to the Delaware Secretary of State.

Step 2 – You have 2 options to search for corporations in Delaware.
*1 – Search by Entity Name
2 – Search by Filing Number

*When searching by name you want to make sure that you are as detailed as possible. The database will pull all records that consist of the keywords you type. For example, if you search just the term ‘Delaware’ the system will return over 1,000 results.

Step 3 – Now that you have typed in your search, you will be brought to the search results page. The preview only shows the filing number and entity name. Click on the blue colored entity name to choose the corporation.

Step 4 – Once you have clicked you are now on the Entity Details Page. This page will show you all public data that the Secretary of State has on file about the corporation. Use this information to lookup: Formation Date, Entity Type, State of Incorporation, Residency, Registered Agent (Name and Address), and if it is in Good Standing (Status).


How to Create a Corporation in Delaware

Step 1 Download one of the Articles of Incorporation forms below:
Close – $89 – Cannot have more than 30 shareholders.
Director Liability – $89
Domestic Non Profit – $89
Domestic Profit – $89 – Most Popular Principal office address must be located within Delaware
Domestic Foreign – $245 – For all corporations that are located outside of Delaware and would like to conduct business within the State.

Step 2 – Attach the filing fee to the completed document and send to the Secretary of State’s office located at: Delaware Division of Corporations, 401 Federal Street – Suite 4 Dover, DE 19901.

How to Reserve a Corporation Name in Delaware

Step 1 – Download and complete the Delaware Name Reservation Form

Step 2 Attach the $75 filing fee and send the document to the Secretary of State located at: Delaware Division of Corporations, 401 Federal Street – Suite 4 Dover, DE 19901.

Delaware Secretary of State LLC Search & Lookup

Step 1 – Go to the Delaware Secretary of State.

Delaware LLC Search

Delaware LLC Search

Step 2 – Type in either the LLC’s filing number or name. If you are preforming a search by name be sure to be as specific as you can be. The database will pull all LLC’s that contain the keywords selected.
For our sample search, we are going to be looking up all entities with the keyword ‘Delaware’.

Delaware LLC Search Results

Delaware LLC Search Results

Step 3 – Select the LLC that best fits your search results. If you had too many returns, you may want to go back and add a few keywords to narrow down your search.
In our sample we are going to click on the first LLC that shows up wich is the 4th selection down (Delaware Academy LLC).

Delaware LLC Entity Details Page

Delaware LLC Entity Details Page

Step 4 – Now you can see all the public information available at the Secretary of State’s office. As seen above, you are able to view the LLC’s: File Number, Formation Date, Type of LLC, and the Registered Agent’s Name and Address.
You have completed your search.

How to Create an LLC in Delaware

Step 1 – Download one of the Certificate of Formation forms below.
Domestic – $90 – Most Popular
Foreign – $200 – For LLC’s located outside of Delaware that would like to conduct business within the State.

Step 2 – Attach the filing fee and send to the Delaware Secretary of State located at: Delaware Division of Corporations, 401 Federal Street – Suite 4, Dover, DE 19901.

Your LLC will be sent to you in the mail upon successful filing within 10 to 14 business days.

If you plan on creating a bank account with your LLC you will need to apply for an EIN number from the IRS. This can be done online and a number will be given to you instantaneously.

How to Reserve an LLC Name in Delaware

Step 1 – Download and complete the LLC Name Reservation Form.

Step 2 – Enclose the $75 fee and send to: Delaware Division of Corporations, 401 Federal Street – Suite 4, Dover, DE 19901.

You will receive an letter of successful filing within 10 to 14 business days.

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