Virginia Secretary of State Business Search Instructions

Last Updated on January 30, 2024

virginia state mapThe business registry is the record of the registered business and corporate entities in the US state of Virginia. The record has information regarding the filing name and registration details of the following types of business entities:

  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Limited Companies
  • Non profit organization
  • Foreign entities

If you are looking for a registered business entity in the state of Virginia, then you are at the right place. Here we provide you with detailed guidelines to assist you in your search.

Also see: How to start an LLC in Virginia

For conducting the search, you need to have the business or corporate entity name or the business identification number handy.

Read on to get a clear illustration of the process for finding a registered entity with the Virginia Secretary of State.

Search by Business Name

Step 1 – Visit the Virginia State Corporation Commission website to search for registered business entities in Virginia. The search page looks similar to the screenshot below.
How to do a Virginia Business Entity Search

Step 2 – Type in the business entity name or the business id in the appropriate field.
Let us conduct a search, assuming you have the business name’ handy. Let us type in “Biovista“. The screenshot is shown below.
Virginia Business Name Search

Step 3 – Now click on reserved or registered names. The result page with the list of entities would appear, and the page would look something like the screenshot below.
Virginia Corporation Entity Search Details List

Step 4 – Click on the entity name to view further details about the entity.  Some of the available information includes;

  • Business Name
  • Virginia SOS Number (Different from the Employer Identification Number assigned by the Internal Revenue Service)
  • Date of Formation
  • Status (Active, Good Standing, Inactive, etc)
  • Principal Office Address
  • Registered Agent Information

For a small fee, the certificate of existence can be ordered from this page. Virginia SOS Result

Name Availability Search

Each registered entity (corporation, Limited Liability Company, etc) has to have a unique name before registering in Virginia.  The SCC has a Name Distinguishability Search in their database so you can see if the name you want is available.

Business Licenses

The business name registration is different from a state of Virginia small business license or professional license.  The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation has more information regarding Virginia business licenses.

Also see: How to do a Virginia UCC search

Information on the Virginia SOS

virginia sos seal

State Corporation Commission Contact Information

Virginia SOS Address:
Tyler Building, 1st Floor
1300 E. Main St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219


State Business Name Search Instructions


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

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