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Beginning your Search for Idaho Business Records

In Idaho, the Secretary of State maintains certain essential business records such as documents pertaining to incorporation, Uniform Commercial Code forms, and trademark information. This information is a matter of public record, and may be viewed in person or online.

What Records Are Maintained by the Idaho Secretary of State?

Certain business entities such as corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships, are given certain treatment under the law that is different from businesses that are not incorporated. For this reason, it is necessary for the State of Idaho to keep track of which businesses incorporate, and when. Therefore, the formation of these corporate entities is documented by the Idaho Secretary of State.

Additionally, UCC, or Uniform Commercial Code, forms are maintained by the Idaho Secretary of State. These documents memorialize liens that secured parties have in collateral owned by debtors, in exchange for value.

Also, some businesses register trademarks with a state registry in Idaho. These documents are maintained by the Idaho Secretary of State. It must be remembered, however, that this registry should not be confused with the national registry maintained by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Why Would a Business Not Have Documents On File?

Sometimes businesses elect not to incorporate. If businesses are not entitled to separate treatment as a business entity, there may be no need for filed documentation.

Additionally, it must be remembered that even if a business keeps offices in Idaho and does business in Idaho, it may have elected to incorporate in a different state to take advantages of the laws of that state. If you must search all fifty states to find the state in which a business has incorporated, a good place to start is the State of Delaware, since many believe that Delaware’s laws are advantageous for businesses.

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

In Idaho, you may view business records either in person or online. If you wish to view business records in person, the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office is located at 700 West Jefferson, Boise, Idaho 83720-0080. The Commercial Division, pertaining to business entities and UCC filings, is located in the basement of the West Wing.

To View Idaho business records online, first visit the Idaho Secretary of State’s website, located at www.idsos.state.id.us/. From the home page, you can select the “Business Entities” option. This will take you to a page where you can select “Business Records Search.”

The “Business Records Search” page permits you to search for businesses by the name of the entity, the city, the organizational ID or filing number, the name of the registered agent, the city of the registered agent, or the date of organization. The results will be returned in a list that includes the name of each entity, the address, filing number and status. You can also click on the name of each business to view additional details, including downloading the filed documents to view them online.

To search UCC filings, begin at the Secretary of State’s homepage and click “Uniform Commercial Code.” Although it is not possible to view all UCC information for free, you can obtain certain information about each filing without cost. From the Uniform Commercial Code page, click on the option marked “UCC Status Search.” This will take you to a page where you can search by debtor name, lien number, or debtor city. The results will be returned in list form, including lien number, the names of the debtors and the status of the lien. However, this list does not contain clickable links and searchers can only obtain additional information by paying a fee.

To search the state trademark registry (not to be confused with the national registry), from the Idaho Secretary of State homepage, select the “Trademarks” option, then click on “Trademark Online Search.” You may then search by the trademark or keywords, the business name or name of the trademark owner, filing number or trademark status. It must be remembered that the results returned from this search are only the trademarks registered with the State of Idaho and do not reflect trademarks that may be registered in any other state of with the United States Patent and Trademark office.

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