Wisconsin Secretary of State Business Search Instructions

Last Updated on January 30, 2024

Wisconsin state mapThe Wisconsin Secretary of State manages a corporate division that keeps a record of all the commercial activities going on in the state. The business corporation registry keeps track of all those corporate entities that are registered with the Wisconsin Secretary of State. All entities, including Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships, and Limited Partnerships, have their details recorded in the registry.

How to do a Wisconsin Business Entity Search

If you are looking for a corporate entity that is based in Wisconsin, this is the right place for you. By using the online business entity search tool facilitated by the Secretary of State of Wisconsin, you can search the online database for any entity headquartered in the state.

Also see: How to start an LLC in Wisconsin

You can perform the search provided you have the corporate name handy. The search page is also made feasible for advanced search.

Read on the steps below which will assist you in your search.

Business Name Search

Step 1 – Visit the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions website to search for registered business entities in Wisconsin. The page looks similar to the screenshot below.
how to search for business entities in Wisconsin

Step 2 – Type the name of the business entity, say, “ABC supply”. The screenshot for the same is shown below.
wisconsin Business entity lookup

Step 3 – Click on the Search button. The result page with a list of entities with the given name would appear, as shown in the screenshot below.
Wisconsin business entity list

Step 4 – Click on the entity name to get further details about the business.

Available information includes;

  • Entity Name
  • DFI Number
  • Date of Formation
  • Status (Good Standing, Dissolved, Organized, etc)
  • Entity Date (Corporation, Limited Liability Company)
  • Principal Office Address
  • Registered Agent Information
  • Business Owner / Director Information

Additionally, from this page, you can request a Certificate of Status or copy of the Annual Report for a small fee.

Wisconsin business entity details page

You can also file online reports and request certification of standing for the entity.

Business Licenses

The business name registration is different from a business license in Wisconsin.  The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has more information regarding Wisconsin business licenses.

Also see: How to do a Wisconsin UCC search

Information on SOS Wisconsin (WI)
Wisconsin sos seal

The Secretary of State of Wisconsin is one of the constitutionally elected executive branches of the Wisconsin State Government. The succession of the Secretary of State of Wisconsin lies in second place for the governor post. The election of the Wisconsin Secretary of State takes place on the election day in November, and he takes office on the first Monday of next January.

Functionalities :
The Secretary of State of Wisconsin is responsible for a wide set of duties in the state. He is in charge of keeping a record of all the legislative and executive acts in the state. He also acts as the custodian of the Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin and has the authority to attest and authenticate government documents using the seal.

Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Contact Information

4822 Madison Yards Way, North Tower
Madison, WI 53705

Phone: (608) 261-9555
Fax: 608-267-6813

State Business Name Search Instructions


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

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