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How to Find Business Records in South Dakota

Searching for Business Records in South Dakota

In South Dakota, the Secretary of State maintains business records that are a matter of public record. Much of this information is available for searching online. Here are a few tips for accessing this information over the internet.

What Records Are Maintained by the South Dakota Secretary of State?

The South Dakota Secretary of State maintains documents pertaining to the formation and status of corporations and similar business entities. Although you may not view images of these records online, much information from these records in provided online to be searched.

Additionally, the South Dakota Secretary of State maintains records of “fictitious business names” that are used by South Dakota businesses. Fictitious names are trade names that are not the official name of the business but represent the name under which companies market and do business with consumers.

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

To search for business records maintained by the South Dakota Secretary of State, first go to the South Dakota Secretary of State website, found at http://www.sdsos.gov/index.shtm . Then scroll over the option marked “Business Services” to display the Business Services menu.

To search for business records, from the Business Services menu, select the option “Corporations.” Then click on the option “Click here to Search Organization Information.” This will take you to a page where you can search by business number or by business name. Unless you know the exact filing number of the business for which you wish to search, the name search provides more flexibility. If you are not certain of the business name, input as much of the name as you know; the search results list will include all business names that begin with your search terms.

The search results will be returned in list form, including the corporation name, the ID number, the date of incorporation, the date of the last annual report, the organization type and the status. The ID numbers are clickable links that permit you to view additional information about the business entity. Such additional information includes the home state, the identity and address of the registered agent, and the registered office city.

To search for a registered fictitious business name, from the Business Services menu, select the option “Fictitious Business Names.” Then from the right side of the screen, select the option marked “Search.” You will be given the option to search by “Business Information,” “Owner Information,” or “Registration Information.” (Business Information pertains to the business entity, Owner Information pertains to the individual or company who owns the business entity, and Registration Information pertains to the registered fictitious name.) If you search by registration name, remember to adjust the date settings in the search panel, which are otherwise set to a single day and would return inaccurate results.

The search results will be returned in list form, providing the details of the search results. If you searched by business information or owner information, scrolling to the right side of the screen will reveal an option for each item marked “View Detail,” which will permit you to view additional information about each item in the search results list. Clicking on “View Detail” will show even more information about the business. If you searched by “Business Information,” you will see details about the business and you will also be able to click options at the bottom of the page to view the owner information and registration information. If you searched by owner information, a button at the bottom will give you access to business information for that owner, permitting you to then access registration information. If you searched by registration information, your search results list will include no clickable links, but will include the business name and owner name corresponding to the fictitious registered name, as well as the identification number and date of registration filings.

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