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California Secretary of State Business Entity Search

Search for entities in the state of California by heading to the California Secretary of State Business Search found here. The search tool allows users to access information such as the Filing Date, Status, Jurisdiction, Address, and information regarding the Registered Agent. For individuals looking at applying for an LLC in California, the business search can be used to identify LLC’s that have the same or similar names to the user’s planned entity name.

How to Search

Step 1 – Head to This Webpage. Once at the link, select your search method by clicking the corresponding bubble. Then, enter the Corporation Name, LLC Name, or Entity Number and click the white ‘Search’ button.

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Step 2 – On the next page, a list of the LLCs that match your search will appear. The user will be able to see a brief amount of information on the entities, such as Entity Numbers, Filing Dates, Statuses, and the Registered Agents for the companies. To gain a more detailed view of an entity on the list, select the bolded, underlined entity name.

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Step 3 – When an entity has been selected, the user will have access to the following information:

  • Entity Name & Number
  • Date Filed
  • Status
  • Jurisdiction
  • Entity Address
  • Registered Agent Name & Address

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