Alabama Business Entity Name Search | Step-by-Step Guide

Updated: February 24th, 2018

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Alabama Business Name Search

The Business Services Section of the Alabama Secretary of State is in charge of keeping records of most business entities that are incorporated in Alabama. Every business filing, name and authorization that takes place in the state is recorded in the database of the Business Services Section. The following types of entities have their details recorded in the Secretary of State database:

  • Domestic Corporation
  • Foreign Corporation
  • Cooperatives
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Companies
  • Limited Liability Partnerships

Sole proprietorships and general partnerships are not registered with the Secretary of State as they are not individual business entities.

If you are looking for information on a nonprofit corporation, visit the Office of Attorney General.

Alabama Business Entity Search

A business entity that has registered with the Business Services Section can be searched based on the following search options:

  • Entity Name
  • Entity ID
  • Officer, Agent or Incorporator Name
  • Reservation by ID
  • Date
  • Month and Year

All of the search options are mentioned at the bottom of the Search Page. You can click on any of the options of your choice to search for a business entity in Alabama.

Assuming you have chosen entity or corporation name as your search option, let’s look at our simple step-by-step guide to use the search tool below. Read on to understand the search process better.

  1. Click to go to the Alabama Secretary of State Business Entity Search Page. The page which appears will look like the screenshot below.

2. Key in the entity name in the appropriate field. As an example, let’s type in “Alabama LLC” in the entity name field.

3. Click on the “Search” button, the Results Page will appear. It will contain a list of entities that contain the name you typed in.

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4. Click on an entity name. A page containing detailed information on the entity will then appear (See the screenshot below for reference).Business Entity Search Results Alabama LLC

Search Business by Entity ID in Alabama

You can also search for an Alabama Business Entity by Searching by the Entity ID. The business must already exist and you need to know the ID number.

Enter the ID number in the box and click “Search”. As an example, if you enter “453 – 831” into the Search Box, you’ll find the Alabama company “Pizza by the Slice, LLC” (you’ll also see the company’s records).

Click the “New Search” button at the bottom to enter a new ID, or click “Browse Results” to return to the Results Page.

AL Corporation Search by Agent, Officer, Incorporator

You can use this search feature to find a business entity registered in Alabama based on either the Registered Agent, corporate officer, incorporator, or the person who filed the documents.

To run a business entity search by Agent, Officer or Incorporator, enter that person’s name, select the officer type, and enter the county of formation (if applicable), then search and browse the records.

Business Entity Search by Month and Year

You can also use the Alabama Corporation Search feature by timeframe using the month and year page. Just select the month, enter the year, and then search the results.

Business Entity Search by Date

If you want to run an Alabama Corporation Search for something filed on an exact and specific day, use Business Entity Search by Date page. Click the date box and select from the calendar. Then click “Search”.

Business Entity Search by Reservation ID

If you reserved a name or used another reservation filing in Alabama, you can also do a Reservation ID Number Search. Just enter the reservation ID for the Alabama entity and then click “Search”.

Information on the Alabama (AL) SOS

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The Secretary of State (SOS) of Alabama is one of the constitutional offices of the state of Alabama. Initially, the Secretary of State of Alabama served a term of two years; now, the term has been extended to four years. Previously appointed by the legislature, the Secretary of State of Alabama is now popularly elected by the residents of the state.

The current Alabama Secretary of State is John Merrill of Tuscaloosa.


The Secretary of State of Alabama is the guardian of the Seal of the State and is also in charge of the public records, Alabama UCC filings and state archives. In addition, the Alabama Secretary of State is the head of following departments of the state:

  • Business Services Section
  • Administrative Services Division
  • Elections Division
  • Government Records Section