How to Check if a Business is Registered in California

Learn how to check if your business is registered in California with this guide from the California Secretary of State. Find out how to search for information about a business entity and obtain certificates.

How to Check if a Business is Registered in California

Are you looking to start a business in California? It's important to make sure that the business is properly registered with the state. Fortunately, it's easy to check if a business is registered in California. The California Secretary of State maintains a website where you can search for information about a business entity. You can also search for California business licenses by name, company, or license number.

Additionally, the Los Angeles City Council Tax Permit Office & can provide you with the name and address of the business owner for businesses licensed in Los Angeles. When selecting a California business name, it's important to understand the different naming requirements for each type of entity. LLCs, corporations, and partnerships must all adhere to different naming conventions. To obtain certificates, copies of documents, or status reports, you will need to complete the Business Entity Records Request Form (PDF) and send it to the Sacramento office of the California Secretary of State in person or by mail. The California Business Search database is free to use and makes it easy to search for existing companies or to query an available business name. Using this tool can provide you with information such as the entity's formation date, registration or conversion date, status, address, and the name and address of the agent for notification of process.

You can also perform a California Secretary of State business search above by entering a license number, individual name, or company name and selecting a state. See the Search Tips page in the Business Search section of the California Secretary of State for more information on how to refine or modify your search terms. If the company filed a Fictitious Business Name Statement with the Los Angeles County Office of Record and Record, you can obtain a copy. The Governor of CalGold's Office of Business and Economic Development is responsible for helping you find the right permit for your business. Instead of relying only on the word of a company, you can use a California business license search.

The California Secretary of State business search is available on the government website, or you can perform a search on a local government website.