How do I get information on a corporation or other business entity? What information is available? Include Text

The records of the Division of Corporations may be searched on this site. You may search the records of the Division of Corporations to obtain information on corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and limited liability partnerships. Information available includes the following: (1) current entity name; (2) date of organization; (3) jurisdiction, if other than New York State; (4) county location; (5) service of process address; (6) registered agent, if any; and (7) the current status of the entity. Information on business corporations may also include the name and address of the chief executive officer and the principal business location. The information available through this site is updated daily.

The Division of Corporations' computerized inquiry system contains the complete history of all active corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and limited liability partnerships and a complete or partial history of corporations in existence on or after December 5, 1977, but that went out of existence before December 31, 1984. The records of corporations that went out of existence prior to December 5, 1977, are contained in manual inactive files at the Department of State. Although still maintained, a written request must be made for these records.

Customers are cautioned to avoid interpreting database search information as an indication that a name is or is not available for use. The Department of State is required by statute to reject for use any corporate, limited partnership, or limited liability company name that is not "distinguishable" from existing names on file. The only avenue to determine whether a name is available for a corporation, limited partnership or limited liability company is to make a name availability inquiry.

By Telephone: Callers to (518) 473-2492 may request a database search of up to five entity names during a single call. Information available includes the following: (1) current entity name; (2) date of organization; (3) jurisdiction, if other than New York State; (4) county location; (5) service of process address; (6) registered agent, if any; and (7) filing history. Information on business corporations may also include the name and address of the chief executive officer and the principal business location.

By Mail, Fax, or E-mail: Written requests containing up to five entity names may be submitted by mail directed to the Department of State, Division of Corporations, One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12231; by fax to (518) 473-1654; or by e-mail (corporations@dos.ny.gov). The information for up to five record searches is provided free of charge. Requests for more than five record searches must be accompanied by a fee of $5 for each entity search exceeding the first five. Requests for more than five record searches must be submitted (with the required fee) by mail or in person at our Albany office.

By Drawdown Account: A drawdown (prepay) account may be established with the Division of Corporations to directly access the Division's computerized index of corporations and other business records.

A drawdown account must be used to pay transaction fees if you wish to directly access the Division's computerized index of corporations and business entity records. The database may be searched by a corporation or business entity name. The Division of Corporations charges a fee of 75 cents per transaction. A transaction allows access to the filing history of business entities returned by the search.

The following are the requirements for accessing the Division of Corporations' database:

  1. Financial: There are no start-up fees payable to the Department of State. There is a charge of 75 cents per transaction.
  2. Technology: The database may be accessed by anyone with Internet access. If this service is desired, the Department of State will furnish the necessary software and documentation after the Drawdown Account Application (66.0 PDF form (1 page)) is accepted to permit the accessing of records.

Once established, a drawdown account may be used to pay for copies of documents, certificates under seal, name availability, service of process, and most filings. With the exception of service of process, which must be done in person, covered filings and orders for other services may be faxed or otherwise delivered to the Division of Corporations, accompanied by a request to charge your account. Accessing the database also provides for the capability to print certificates under seal in your office. This service requires that you have an e-mail package that handles attachments, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and a printer that handles graphics.

Although there is no requirement to maintain a minimum balance in a drawdown account once established, a minimum deposit of $100 is required to establish an account. The Department of State does not extend credit. If an account does not have sufficient funds to pay for the requested service of access to records, the request will be denied.

If you would like additional information, please contact the Division of Corporations, State Records and Uniform Commercial Code by e-mail (corporations@dos.ny.gov), in writing, or by calling (518) 473-2492.