Illinois Secretary of State Corporation Entity Search

Step 1 – Go to the Illinois Secretary of State.

Step 2 – Use this tool to search for any corporation that exists in the State of Illinois. You may search the database either by name or by filing number. If you preform a search by name you want to be as detailed as possible as the results will be all words containing the terms you enter. Once you have decided on the keywords you may start.

Step 3 – You will see a list of all the entities matching your keyword terms as well as the Filing Numbers. If there are more results than you would like to sort through you may go back and add more terms.

Select from the list to proceed to the next step.
Step 4 – Now you have reached the completion of the search at the Corporation Details Page. Here you may see all the data of the entity including: Status, Incorporation Date, Registered Agent Name and Address, Directors, Officers, and Managers.

How to Create a Corporation in Illinois

Step 1 – Download one of the Articles of Incorporation forms below or you may fill it out online.

Close – Maximum of 35 Shareholders
Domestic ProfitMost Popular – For all profit corporations with a principal office address located in Illinois.
Domestic Non Profit
Foreign Profit – For corporations located outside of the State that seek to do business within Illinois.
Foreign Non Profit

Step 2 – If filing online, you will be required to pay the filing fee at the end of the session. If making a paper filing, enclose the fee (see on form) and send to the Secretary of State’s office located at:
Department of Business Services
501 S. Second St., Rm. 350
Springfield, IL 62756

After receiving your completed corporation in the mail (10 to 12 business days), you may want to apply for an EIN Number (Tax ID) from the IRS. This will allow you to make a bank account in the name of your entity.

Reserve a Corporate Name

Step 1 – Download and complete the Application for Reservation of Name.

Step 2 – Attach the $25 filing fee and send to:
Secretary of State
Department of Business Services
Springfield, IL 62756

United States