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Pennsylvania State Business Records

If you need to find records on companies that are registered in Pennsylvania, then the Pennsylvania Department of State website is a great place to start. You can easily search this database by following the steps outlined below.

How to Search for Pennsylvania State Business Records

1. Start your Pennsylvania business records search by going to the Pennsylvania Department of State website, located at https://www.dos.beta.state.pa.us

2. Once on the homepage, you will see a site menu on the left hand side of the screen. This site menu will be split into two main sections -- ‘DOS Information’ and ‘Areas of Interest’. Under the ‘Areas of Interest’ section, you will want to click on the ‘Corporations’ link (this link will be the third one down, under this section). You will then be transported to the ‘Corporations’ page.

3. Once on the ’Corporations’ page, there will also be a site menu on the left hand side of this page. On this site menu, you want to look for the ‘Searchable Corporations Database‘ link.

4. Clicking on this link will then take you to the corporate database page. On the corporate database page, you will be given three options: 1) to perform a general name search, 2) to perform an old name search, or 3) to perform an orphan name search.

General Name Search - By performing a general name search, you can enter in the entity number or the entity name. Doing this will bring up a list of businesses, which are registered in Pennsylvania, that match your search query. Your results will include each entity’s ID number, their name, the type of entity (fictitious name, corporation, LLC, etc) their city, and their country.

Old Name Search - An old name search is when you search for a name that a company used to go by, however, they have a different name now. By performing an old name search, you can enter in a business name that you would like to search for. Doing this will bring up a list of businesses, which are registered in Pennsylvania, that match your search query. Your results will include each entity’s ID number, their old name, the date the name was filed.

Orphan Name Search - The search is to find non-profit business that have been transferred to the Department of State. By performing an orphan name search, you can enter in a business name that you would like to search for. Doing this will bring up a list of businesses, which are registered in Pennsylvania, that match your search query. Your results will include each entity’s county, their filing date, their corporation type (articles of incorporation - non-profit), and their name.

5. When you have found the company you are looking for, click on their entity ID number or the entity name to obtain more information on that particular business. You will then be taken the entity details page. The information on this page will include the entity’s type, their name, their number, the type of entity, their filing date, whether there is a letter of consent, the entity’s address, their county, their jurisdiction, the entity’s purpose, whether there is a limited authority assigned to the company, any and all old names, the company owners, and the list of documents that have been filed by the company (including the document type, the document filing date, and any comments on file). Details on orphan name searches will usually be more limited (county, name, filing date, type, and status).

There is absolutely no fee to perform the searches listed above and viewing the information on a company’s details page is also free. These public records can assist you when making business or purchasing decisions concerning a company registered in Pennsylvania.

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