Michigan Business Entity Search

Discover how to conduct a Michigan business entity search. Includes step-by-step guide on how to conduct an entity search and frequently asked questions.

Updated on September 30th, 2021

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A Michigan business entity search is used to look into a business's details, the filing records of a pre-existing business, and to verify that a business name is available. With our step-by-step guide, we'll show you how to effectively conduct a Michigan business entity and name availability search using the Michigan.gov website.

Search by Business Name, Keyword, or ID Number:

When performing a business entity search, you will be presented with three search options: business name, keyword, or identification number.

Step 1:

Go to the Michigan government website page and select the search option you want to choose.

Tip: As there is only one identification number associated with each business in Michigan, we suggest the ID number search option. This is the most effective option and will provide you with a more refined search.

Step 2:

Enter the business name, keyword, or business identification number into the designated field. Once this is complete, click "Search".

Step 3:

A list of business names will appear that includes the business's ID number and business type. Browse through the different business names and click on the business you're researching.

Step 4:

On the results page, you will be able to view all images of documents filed and the business's information, including the mailing address, business type, resident agent, and formation date.

Search Name Availability:

In the State of Michigan, every business is required to register its business name with the Secretary of State.

Step 1:

Navigate to this website page and enter your intended business name or the name of the business you're researching. In the drop-down menu, select the business type.

Step 2:

The results will tell you if your proposed business name is available or if the business you're investigating has registered its business name. If the business's name is available, the results tab will read "No Conflicts Found". This means you are free to register your business name with the Secretary of State (SOS).


How do I look up a business name in Michigan?

You can look up a business name on the official Michigan.gov website. Here, you can either conduct a business entity search or a name availability search. For better results, consider conducting a business entity search, as this will provide you with more information, including registered agent names, mailing addresses, images of documents filed, and more.

Learn how to conduct a business entity search.

How do I look up an LLC in Michigan?

To conduct a business search for an LLC, navigate to the Michigan.gov website and click "business entity search" on the left. Here, you will be able to search LLCs, corporations, and limited partnerships.

What information will a Michigan business entity search provide?

  • Mailing address.
  • Headquarters address.
  • Business name and type.
  • Formation date.
  • Images of all documents filed.
  • Resident agent.