Georgia Business Entity Search – Georgia Secretary of State (SOS)

Last Updated on February 19, 2021

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Georgia Business Entity Search

The Georgia Corporations Division of the Georgia Secretary of State maintains records of all individuals and business entities registered and licensed in the state. The business entity database contains information regarding the following type of entities and companies:

  • Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Corporations

To search for a business entity, you need to have one of the following information with you:

  • Business Name
  • Control Number
  • Officer Name
  • Registered Agent

If you want to search by Business Name, Officer Name, or Registered Agent, you can narrow down your search by using radio buttons On the other hand, the search by Control Number, Officer is straightforward and will give you results directly.

How to do a Georgia Business Entity Search

Doing an entity name search is easy with our simple step-by-step process to make your search easier.

Step 1 – Click to go to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website to go to the Search Page (it will look similar to the screenshot below).

Georgia Business Entity Search

Step 2 – Choose your search type. For this example, let’s search by Business Name. Type in the name “Exide” in the “Business Name” field, toggle one of the radio buttons to either widen or narrow your search, then click “Search” (see the screenshot below for reference).

Georgia Corporation Entity Search

Step 3 – Click the “Search” button; the Results Page will then appear with a list of entities containing the given name and their respective details. To access more information on an entity, you can click their name.

Georgia Business Entities Search Details List

Step 4 – Here you can then see the details of the corporate record for the Georgia business entity.

Georgia SOS Result Corporate Record

The screenshot for the results of the Business Entity Name “Exide” shows as follows:

  • Business Name
  • Business Type (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, Etc.)
  • Business Purpose (optional to fill out)
  • Principal Office Address
  • Registration Date
  • Registered Agent information

Copies of the Business Formation (Articles of Organization or Articles of Incorporation) and the state of Georgia Annual Report are available to download.

Registered Agent

In Georgia, a Registered Agent is a legal requirement to be named for a registered entity.  This is a single point of contact in case the business needs to be served with legal papers or contacted by the state.  One of the business owners often file as the entities registered agent.  When they file, their home address is often used (PO Boxes aren’t allowed) and their name address is now a public record that can be looked up by anyone.  If that is a concern, consider looking into a Registered Agent service.

Business Licenses

The business name registration is different from business licensing in Georgia.  The Georgia Department of Revenue has more information regarding Georgia business licenses.

Information on the SOS of Georgia (GA)

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The Office:

The Georgia Secretary of State is one of the highest government offices in state and performs several duties. Apart from being the keeper of the State Seal, the Secretary of State of Georgia is also a custodian of the state flag, signs and symbols.

The current Georgia Secretary of State is Brad Raffensperger.


The Georgia Secretary of State is responsible for a wide range of state duties. The Divisions that the Secretary of State of Georgia handles include the following:

  • Elections
  • Corporations
  • Licensing
  • Securities
  • Charities

Select the State Where the Corporation is Registered: