United States: Where can you find information about the California business?

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In this article, we will focus on publicly available company information for companies registered in California.

As noted in our previous article, the United States does not have a national business registry. To find information about a business, you need to search the appropriate database for the state where the business is registered. The “secretary of state” of a state is the official who oversees the registration of businesses in that state. This office maintains a free database where you can search for information about a business.

California Business Entity Search

In California, you can search for information about a business entity through the website maintained by the California Secretary of State. This free research is available at: https://businesssearch.sos.ca.gov. Through this website, you can search for information on corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships. Note that information on general partnerships, associations, limited liability companies and other types of business entities is not available through this search tool. To obtain information on these companies, you must submit a formal request, available at https://bpd.cdn.sos.ca.gov/pdf/be-records-requests.pdf.

When looking for information about a business entity, you can search by entity name or number. The entity number is a unique identifier that is assigned to the registered entity.

What does the California registry display?

  • Full legal name of the company
  • Entity number
  • Registration date
  • Address
  • Address
  • Type of entity (for example, LLC, corporation, limited partnership)
  • Jurisdiction (state, foreign country or other place where the entity is incorporated)
  • Name and address of the registered agent (company or natural person who will receive the procedural service for the entity)
  • Status (active / dissolved / suspended / canceled)

What Are the Different Types of Businesses in California?

The main types of businesses in California have one of the following structures:

  • company
  • Limited liability company
  • Limited partnership
  • Global partnership
  • Limited liability company
  • Individual business

Information Return / Certificate of Status / Certificate of Filing of All Documents

California Business Search allows users to obtain uncertified PDF copies of certain business documents, including a company’s information statements, free of charge. An official disclosure statement lists the officers, directors, and business type of the business (for example, a social media company). This statement also contains the information found during the business search (e.g. full business name, address, agent, jurisdiction, etc.).

As noted above, the business entity search results show the status of the business (for example, active / in good standing, suspended, dissolved, canceled). You can submit an electronic request for an official certificate of quality to the Secretary of State. The fee is $ 5 and the request can be made on the following website: https://bebizfile.sos.ca.gov/CertofStatus

You can also get a certified list of all business entity documents that are registered with the Secretary of State. This is called a certificate of deposit of all documents. There is a charge of $ 5 per document listed. The application form is available at: https://bpd.cdn.sos.ca.gov/pdf/be-records-requests.pdf.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.

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