How to Conduct a Pennsylvania Business Entity Search

A Pennsylvania business name search helps provide insights into the process, resources, and guidelines to ensure your desired business name is available and compliant with state regulations. Read our detailed instructions below to help guide you through the process.

Pennsylvania name search
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This webpage has been created to outline the business entity search function on the Pennsylvania Department of State website. With this inquiry you will be able to view a number of important details related to any and all entities currently on file in the State. Use the Type of Search option to narrow down your results. The entity search is especially useful for checking the availability of a desired operating name when registering a new business. This function will also show you the history and status of any entity and will give you the opportunity to purchase certificates and documents. Scroll down to the tutorial below to gain more information about how to properly utilize this search function.

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Contact Information

Mailing Address:
401 North Street, Rm 302
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Physical Address:
401 North Street, Rm 302
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-6458

How to Search Pennsylvania SOS

Step 1- Input a business name or entity ID number into the search bar found on this website. You can narrow down your results by electing to only view active businesses or by selecting one of the options from the Type of Search drop-down menu.


Step 2- The following page will provide you with a list of all the PA entities that contain the word(s) used in your search. Click on either the Business Entity Name or the Entity Number to view the details of that particular business.


Step 3- Here you will be able to view a number of important business details pertaining to the PA entity in question. At this point you may choose to purchase additional certified documents.


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