Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) Business Entity And Corporation Search

Last Updated on February 5, 2022

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How to do a Michigan Business Entity Search:

The Corporations Division of the Corporations, Securities, & Commercial Licensing Bureau under the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs deals with the filing and authorizing of entities in the state. The registry maintained by the Division records every filings and incorporations of business entities in the state. The registry has records and information of the following entities:

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

See: How to form an LLC in Michigan

Search by Name

The online search tool for finding registered business entities in Michigan has proved to be very helpful indeed for collecting information on any business entity in the state. For your search to continue, you need to have the entity name or the corporate ID handy.

Furthermore, you can choose from the following to narrow down your search:

  • Name in the Database
  • Keyword in the database
  • Identification number

Here, we present a detailed guideline on how to search the database for a business entity.

Step 1. Visit the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website to begin a search (it will look like the screenshot below).

How to do a Michigan Business Entity Search

Step 2. Type in the entity name in the “Search by entity name” field.  For this example, we will type “Ford” in the field (see the screenshot below for reference).

Michigan Search by Business Name

Step 3. Click on “Search” and the Results Page with a list of business entities containing the name “Ford” will appear.  We will look at Ford Accounting Service for this example to see more information

Michigan Business Entity Search Details List

Step 4. Clicking on the business name will provide information such as:

  • ID Number
  • Entity Name
  • Date of formation
  • Business Purpose
  • Resident Agent Information
  • Articles of Incorporation (Corporation) or Articles of Organization (Limited Liability Company)
  • Annual Report / Annual Statement
  • Assumed Names

From this page you can also request a Certificate of Good Standing for a small fee.

Michigan Business Entity Details

Search by Keyword

If you don’t know the name of the business, you can also search by keyword.  Similar to searching by name, click on the entity of your choice to get more information.

Search by Identification Number

If you know the identification number the entity was registered under, you can enter that number in this field.

Search by Filing Number

If you knew the filing number of the entity, you can also search by this number.

Business Licenses

The business name registration is different from business licensing in Michigan.  The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has more information regarding Michigan business licenses.

Also see: How to do a Michigan UCC search

Information on SOS Michigan (MI) Corporations Division

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Corporations Division Contact Information

Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
2501 Woodlake Circle
Okemos MI 48864-5955



The Corporations Division is the branch of the Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau in charge of business filings and records. The Bureau itself is under the responsibility of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.


The Corporations Division registers and records entities desiring to do business in the state. It also maintains an archive containing the details of such corporate and business entities.

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