South Carolina Secretary of State Business Search Instructions

Last Updated on January 30, 2024

South Carolina state mapThe business corporation registry of the South Carolina Secretary of State is engaged with keeping well-maintained records of any Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Partnerships, Limited Companies, and Limited Partnership those are registered with the same.  The registry has filing details of every corporate entity that is or was incorporated in the US state of South Carolina.

How To Do A South Carolina SOS Business Search

Suppose you are into finding details of any business entity headquartered in South Carolina and registered with the Secretary of State of South Carolina. In that case, you have arrived at the right place. Often, searching for a business entity in the SOS database is a gruesome task. Here, we strive to make this process easier by illustrating the search procedure in a simplified, step-by-step manner to assist you in your search.

Also see: How to start an LLC in South Carolina

To search for a registered entity in the South Carolina SOS database, you need to know either the corporate name or the registered identity.

Read on to continue with the search:

Search by Business Name

Step 1 – When starting a small business, a unique name has to be chosen for each registered business entity.  To search, visit the Secretary of State website, and the search page for finding registered business entities in South Carolina would appear. The page looks similar to the screenshot below.
How to do a South Carolina Business Name Search

Step 2 – Type in the business name in the field.  You can specify the search criteria to narrow down your results by choosing “Begins With, “Contains,” or “Exact Match.”   In this example, we will look up “Clock Tower” and click “Search.”
South Carolina Business Entity Search

Step 3 – Click on the entity name of your choice on the result page. In this example, we will look at Clock Tower Associated, LLC.

Available information about the business includes:

  • Legal Entity Name Entity Type (Corporation, Limited Liability Company, etc.)
  • Mailing Address
  • Status (Good Standing, Dissolved, etc.)
  • Domestic or Foreign Entity
  • Incorporated State (All Domestic Entities will be South Carolina)
  • Effective Date
  • Registered Agent

Through this page, you can request documents such as Annual Reports, Articles of Organization (LLC), Articles of Incorporation (Corporation), and more for a small fee.

Since this entity is in good standing, you would not be able to register it since all entities must have a unique name.

South Carolina Business Search Details

Search by Registered Agent

If you want to search by Registered Agent, click on this link.  Since a registered agent can file for many companies, this list can be very long.

Business Licenses

The business name registration is different from a business license.  The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs Business Licensing has more information regarding South Carolina business licenses.

Also see: How to do a South Carolina UCC search

Information on SOS South Carolina (SC)
South Carolina sos seal

Office :
The office of the Secretary of State of South Carolina is an elected constitutional office that is responsible for serving many areas of the state.

The current Secretary of State of South Carolina is Mark Hammond who has been serving the office since 2003.

Functionalities :
The Secretary of State of South Carolina is responsible for a wide set of duties. He is in charge of maintaining a clear record of the corporations based in South Carolina and is also authorized to issue cable franchise applications and certifications, issue annexures for lands, and administer trademarks and trade names. Generally, the duties of the Secretary of State of South Carolina are divided among the following five divisions of the state.

  • Business Filings Division
  • Notaries Division
  • Charities Division
  • Trademarks Division
  • Cable franchise

Secretary of State Contact Information

SC SOS Address:
Edgar Brown Building
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-734-2170
Fax: 803-734-2158

State Business Name Search Instructions


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

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