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Michigan Business Records

Searching for Business Records in Michigan

In Michigan, a number of business documents are available for viewing by the public. The Michigan Secretary of State maintains UCC filings pertaining to security interests. Additionally, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth maintains records of Michigan corporations. Here are some tips on accessing some of Michigan’s business records online.

What Records Are Maintained by the Michigan Secretary of State and Department of Labor and Economic Growth?

In Michigan, business may take a number of forms, including corporations and limited liability companies. Some business formats are treated separately by the law, so that it is necessary for the State of Michigan to keep records about which businesses are incorporated. Documents pertaining to incorporated businesses are made available for viewing by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth.

Additionally, the Michigan Secretary of State maintains UCC filings, which are records of security interests held by individuals or organizations in collateral owned by debtors in exchange for loans. Some of this information is available for free online; to obtain additional information it is necessary to register and provide credit card information.

Why Would a Business Not Have Documents On File?

Not all businesses choose to “incorporate,” or adopt a corporate form. Particularly in the case of a business owned by an individual, it is not uncommon for a business to be operated as a sole proprietorship or some other business form not necessitating corporate forms to be filed.

Additionally, bear in mind that businesses often choose to incorporate in a state other than where they might keep offices. For this reason, if a business is not incorporated in the State of Michigan, it is entirely possible that it has incorporated in another state entirely.

How Can I Search for Records Maintained by the Michigan Secretary of State and Michigan of Department of Labor and Economic Growth?

Business records in Michigan are made available online by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth. To begin a search for business records, visit the website of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, found here: www.michigan.gov/cis. At the top of the screen, click the option “Online Services,” which will take you to a page with the same title. Under the heading “Commercial Services and Corporations,” select the option “Business Entity Search.” This will open a new window and a page entitled “Corporation Division Business Entity Search.”

From the Corporation Division Business Entity Search, you may select to search the database by name, keyword, or identification number. Results will be returned in list form, including the name of the business entity matching the search criteria, the ID number of the entity, and the type of entity. Each business name appears in blue and is a clickable link. Clicking on a name in the list will take you to a page including additional information about the business entity, including the resident agent, office address, formation date, jurisdiction of origin, and status. Additionally, a link at the bottom marked “View Document Images” will take you to a page bearing a list of documents that have been filed in conjunction with that business entity, including the number of pages and the date filed. To the left of the name of each document in a small picture that looks like a camera. Clicking on the camera picture will allow you to view a scanned image of the document.

To view UCC filings, begin by visiting the Michigan Secretary of State’s website, located at www.michigan.gov/sos. At the top of the web page, click on the option “Online Services.” This will take you to a new page, also entitled “Online Services.” Under the heading “Services to Businesses,” click on the option “UCC Online.” You will be taken to a page where you can choose “Register,” “Login,” or “Debtor Name Quick Search.” The “Debtor Name Quick Search” option will take you to a page where you can search for UCC information by the name of an individual or an organization. However, the website informs searchers that the Debtor Name Quick Search is not an official UCC search. To do so, it is necessary to register and provide credit card information, then log in using the registration information.

However, the Debtor Name Quick Search can provide useful information. After inputting the individual or organization name, the results are returned in list form. This returns file numbers, dates and status for names matching the search criteria, so that when a formal UCC search is launched, the proper information can be targeted.

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