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

Search the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Database by: Corporation, Limited Liability Company (LLC), Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), and Limited Partnership (LP). Use to either lookup owner’s information or check an entity’s name availability.

North Carolina Secretary of State Corporation Entity Search

Step 1 – Go to the North Carolina Secretary of State.

You have 2 options to search for a corporation:
By Name – The most popular. You will need to type in as many matching terms for the entity you are looking for in order to narrow down the results as much as possible. The database will query and return all matching terms, so if your keywords are broad, chances are you will be sorting through hundreds of listings.
By Registered Agent – Just type in the name.

Step 2 – After preforming your search, you will be able to see a list of your results by entity: name, type, status (with the Secretary of State), incorporation date, and if you are the owner the option to file an online report/see previous documents filed.
Click on the Name that best matches your intended query

Step 3 – You have reached the completion and may view your corporation’s: Secretary of State ID Number, Status, Effective Date, Domestic or Foreign, State of Incorporation, Duration, Annual Report Status, Registered Agent Name, Registered Agent Address, Principal Office Address, Officers, Type of Stock, and the option to view all previous filings.

Reserve a Corporate Name
In North Carolina, an applicant may reserve an entity name for their use and have it saved on file for ten (10) years. Follow the steps below:

Step 1 – Download and complete the name reservation application:
Domestic – For all businesses located in North Carolina.
Foreign – For all businesses located outside the State.

Step 2 – Attach the $10 filing fee and send to:
P.O. BOX 29622
RALEIGH, NC 27626-0622

North Carolina Secretary of State LLC Search & Lookup

Step 1 – Go to the North Carolina Secretary of State.

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Step 2 – You may search by name on this page or by Registered Agent.
When Searching By Name – You want to make sure you use as many keywords as possible to ensure that your results are as narrowed down as they can be. The system will query and pull any entity that matches your terms, so you want to make it as unique as you can.

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Step 3 – While viewing the listings you are able to see a preview of the LLC’s: Name, Type, Status, When it was Formed, and the option (if your the owner) to file an annul report online.
CLick on the Name to See More Data

North Carolina LLC Information Card

Step 4 – You are able to see all the information about the company including it’s: Secretary of State ID Number, Status, Organization Date, State of Formation, Registered Agent’s Name (including Address), Principal Office Address, and the Officers (Members are Owners).

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