Registering a business in Massachusetts requires you to decide the type of entity you want it to be. The types of entities registered with the Massachusetts SOS are LLCs, LLPs, Partnerships, and Corporations. All LLCs and LLPs are required to file Articles of Organization before starting the registration process. Professionals such as doctors, accountants, and lawyers are required to obtain approvals from the relevant regulatory boards. You cannot register a business entity with the Massachusetts Secretary of State before you perform a Business Search. The aim is to confirm the name is available for registration.

Visit the Massachusetts Secretary of State Corporation Records page and search for your proposed name. The name must be unique and distinguishable from all other registered names. The Massachusetts SOS keeps an updated record of all businesses registered in the state. If the name is available, you may start the registration process immediately or book for reservation with the SOS to register at a later date. All types of business entities in Massachusetts, including Sole Proprietorships, must be registered.

To conduct an LLC or Corporation search in Massachusetts, visit the Massachusetts Secretary of State Website. The types of organizations that you can search include:

  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies (LLC)
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Partnership
  • General Corporation

Massachusetts Secretary of State Business Lookup Contact Details

Phones(617) 727-9640 (Voice) (617)-742-4538 (Fax)
Address  OFFICE ADDRESS: Secretary of the Commonwealth
One Ashburton Place, 17th Floor
Boston, MA 02108   MAILING ADDRESS: Corporations Division, One Ashburton Place, 17th floor, Boston, MA 02108-1512.
HoursMonday — Friday: 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST)
EmailBusiness: [email protected].

Massachusetts Business Entity & Corporation Search

Lookup Massachusetts Corporation Search

Step 1 – Visit the Massachusetts Secretary of State Website

Massachusetts Business Search Step 1
Massachusetts Business Search Step 1

Information for Massachusetts corporation search is available at the official website of the Massachusetts Secretary of State. The business entities you can search for include Corporations, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies (LLC), and Limited Partnerships.

Criteria for Business Name search in Massachusetts is done using: Entity Name, Individual Name, ID Number, Filing Number, and Entity Type. You can limit the number of total items displayed to 25, 50, or 100. You may enter the full name of an entity or part of it. When searching by ID or filing number, you need to enter the full/complete number. If you want a more detailed report or help with the search, contact the Massachusetts Secretary of State through email or telephone.

Step 2: Select Your Entity

After keying your options, click the Search Corporations icon to generate your search results. If the name is registered, a list of names will be displayed as shown below.

Massachusetts Business Search Step 2
Massachusetts Business Search Step 2

Go through the matching results one by one and sort them out. To make your corporation lookup easier, the table issued by the Massachusetts Secretary of State displays both the active and dissolved from the database. It consists of the Entity Name, ID Number, Old ID Number, and Address. Once you have located the listing you are looking for, check the Entity Name column and click the link. You will be redirected to the Massachusetts Corporation Search/Information Page, showing the details of the specific entity.

Step 3: Download the information

This is the last step of the lookup LLC Massachusetts. You now have all the registration details, including:

  • ID Number
  • Entity Type
  • Date Registered in Massachusetts
  • Date of Withdrawal
  • Current Fiscal Month
  • Previous Fiscal Month
  • Principal Office
  • Agent Details
  • Names of Directors
  • The entity stock is publicly traded
Massachusetts Business Search Step 3
Massachusetts Business Search Step 3

The Massachusetts Secretary of State allows you to view documents filed by the entity you are searching for. You may also request a certificate or certified copies of the search results.


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