Louisiana Secretary of State Business Search

Last Updated on January 30, 2024

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The business corporation registry of the Louisiana Secretary of State falls under the Commercial Division. The Division is responsible for the registration of business entities in the state and the administration of trademark laws.

The Division’s registry has records of all business entities that are registered with the Secretary of State of Louisiana. Records include details of their filing, authorization, and status. The registry stores information for the following type of entities:

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

See: How to start an LLC in Louisiana

Using the Louisiana SOS Name Database

The online search tool of the Louisiana Secretary of State allows the user to search the database for any business entity that has been registered in the state.

To use the search tool, you need to have any one or all of the following information with you:

  • Entity Name
  • Chartered Number or Trade Registration Number
  • Office Name or Agent Name

Follow our step-by-step guide below to perform the search for registered business entities in Louisiana:

Step 1. Visit the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website to go to the Business Entity Search Page (this will look similar to the screenshot below).

How to do a Louisiana Business Entity Search

Step 2. Type in the information you have in the appropriate field. For our sample search, let’s start by typing in the Business Entity name in the “Name” field (for example, “Crown Crafts”).

Louisiana business entity details

Step 3. Now click on the “Search” button. The Results Page will then appear.

Louisiana business entities list

Step 4. Now click on the “Details” button. The page that follows will give you further information regarding the entity you are searching for, including:

  • Business Name
  • Charter Number
  • Registration Date
  • Mailing Address
  • Status
  • Annual Report Status – Good Standing
  • Type of Entity (Corporation or Limited Liability Company)
  • Registered Agent Information
  • Officer Information

In addition, on this page, an information certificate, certificate of existence, certificate of good standing, and duplicate original certificate can be purchased for a small fee.

Louisiana corporation information

Registered Agent

In Louisiana, one of the requirements for a registered business is that a Registered Agent has to be named. This agent 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 files as the entity's Registered Agent. When they file, their home address is often used (PO Boxes aren’t allowed), and the owner's name and address are now a public record that can be looked up by anyone. This can be a big concern, especially for home-based businesses. Using a commercial Registered Agent service like Northwest Registered Agent will keep their personal address from being public record.

Louisiana Business Licenses

The business name registration is different from business licensing in Louisiana.  The Louisiana GeauBiz website has more information regarding Louisiana business licenses.

Also see: How to do a Louisiana UCC search

Information on the Louisiana (LA) SOS

Louisiana sos seal

Secretary of State Contact Information

Secretary of State
8585 Archives Ave.
225.922.2880

Office:
The Secretary of State of Louisiana is one of the constitutionally-created elected government officials in the state.

The current officeholder of the Louisiana Secretary of State is Kyle Ardoin.

Functions:
The Louisiana Secretary of State is the official in charge of the following eight divisions of the state.

  • The Elections Division
  • Louisiana State Archives
  • The Commission’s Division
  • The Commercial Division
  • The Museums Division
  • The Notaries Division
  • The Voters Outreach Division
  • The Publications Division

State Business Name Search Instructions

 

 

How much does it cost to do a business search in Louisiana?

There is no cost to search for businesses using the Louisiana business search database.