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Connecticut Business Records

Searching for Business Records in Connecticut

In the State of Connecticut, it is the duty of the Secretary of State to maintain certain public records, including records pertaining to corporations and to Uniform Commercial Code documentation. Since these documents are considered matters of public record, they may be accessed and viewed by anyone, even those who do not have an ownership interest in the business for which they are searching.

What Records Are Maintained by the Connecticut Secretary of State?

The Connecticut Secretary of State maintains business records pertaining to the formation and status of businesses such as corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships and limited partnerships. These business entities receive different treatment under the law than other, unincorporated types of businesses. For that reason, it is necessary for the Secretary of State to maintain records of the formation of these types of businesses.

Additionally, the Connecticut Secretary of State maintains records pertaining to UCC and lien filings. A UCC, or Uniform Commercial Code, filing, demonstrates a lien that one party has in the collateral property of a debtor, usually in exchange for a loan. Liens held by the IRS are also maintained by the Connecticut Secretary of State.

Why Would a Business Not Have Documents On File?

Not all businesses are incorporated. In particular, sometimes individuals running their own business do so as a “sole proprietor,” and elect not to incorporate. Since sole proprietors are not considered separate legal entities, it is not necessary to file documentation of their formation.

Additionally, some businesses elect not to incorporate in their own state, but to incorporate in a different state entirely. A business may choose to do this if the laws of another state seem advantageous to the business. When this happens, documentation of the incorporation may not necessarily be filed in the business’s home state. Therefore, it should be remembered that just because a business has not incorporated in Connecticut, it should not immediately be assumed that the business has not incorporated at all. If you must search all fifty states to find the state of incorporation for a business, remember that the State of Delaware is a good place to start, since many businesses believe that the laws of Delaware are most advantageous to businesses.

How Can I Search for Records Maintained by the Connecticut Secretary of State?

If a business has been incorporated in the State of Connecticut, you may access the business information either online or in person. If you wish to inquire in person, the Connecticut Secretary of State is located at 30 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06106.

If you wish to make your inquiries online, the website for the Connecticut Secretary of State is located here: www.sots.ct.gov. To search business records, from the Secretary of State home page, select the option “Business and UCC Inquiries” at the bottom left.

To make a business inquiry, from the Business and UCC Inquiries page, searchers should be able to select the word “Business” under the “Inquiries” heading at the left side of the page. However, at the time of the writing of this article, that link resends the searcher back to the “Business and UCC Inquiries” page again. The link does work from other pages in the website, however. Clicking on another link at the left, such as “Get Certificate,” will take you to another page in the website where you may select “Business” under the “Inquiries” heading. If the link works correctly, you will be taken to a page with the words “Business Inquiry” at the top.

On the “Business Inquiry” page, you may choose to search by name, by business ID, or by filing number. Radio buttons at the left allow you to select your method of search, and your search terms should be input on the right. After the search has been performed, a list of search results will be displayed. The names of the corporations are all clickable links. Clicking on these will allow you to view additional information about the corporation, including name, business ID, address, state of incorporation, type of business, status, date of incorporation, the name and address of the registered agent, and information about the principals. Clickable links at the bottom allow searchers to also view the name history, filing history, and shares for the business.

The link on the “Business and UCC Inquiries” page for UCC is similarly a mistaken link at the time of the writing of this article, so it will be necessary to skip to another website page such as “Get Certificate,” and then proceed to “UCC” under the “Inquiries” heading. This takes you to a page with the words “UCC Inquiry Search” at the top, where you may search the UCC documents by debtor name, business name or lien number. After obtaining the search results, the list will include clickable links that allow you to view additional information about the type of lien, the parties involved, the date of filing, and the date of lapse.

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