Whether you’re researching the availability of a business name or checking the status of a business entity, find the information you need from the Kansas Secretary of State website.
The Secretary of State Business Entity Database provides information for corporations and LLCs registered in Kansas. The names of sole proprietorships or general partnerships are not centralized as there is no requirement to register the name at all.
There is no fee to search the database.
What information can be looked up?
The database search can find several pieces of information about the business. Some of the highlights include:
- Entity Name
- Mailing Address
- Business Entity type – Corporation, Limited Liability Company. Etc.
- Date of Formation
- Current Status – Active and in Good Standing means all reports and filing fees are up to date
- Resident Agent’s information – A Resident Agent in Kansas is the singular point of contact for the entity should a legal or tax notice need to be sent to the business. This is often one of the owners and if their home address is used, that address becomes public information. Many people find this concerning and use a Registered Agent service like Northwest Registered Agent or IncFile so their home address isn’t listed.
- Date the entity was filed with the Secretary of State
- Names of the officers and their title
How to do a Kansas Business Name Search
Visit the Kansas Secretary of State’s website.
Enter the name you would like to use in the “Enter business name” field. In this example, we will look up “Sew What”.
When we search “Sew What” a message saying “Sew What is Not Available” If we want to look at registered business names with “Sew What”, click on the “Search” button.
To be able to register a corporation or LLC name in Kansas, the name must be distinguishable from the other names registered. If you were looking to form an LLC with this name you wouldn’t be able to since there is already one registered.
To find more information about a registered business name, click on this link to the Business Entity Database and search the name of the business. In this example, we will look up “Sew What”.
Clicking on the View Record” link for “Sew What Inc” will show a detailed report.
While the name “Sew What” by itself may not be available other variants are such as “Sew What Quilting” or “Sew What Seamstress” are. Searching for those business names, brings a result that says the business name is available. While final approval is still with the Secretary of State, it is likely available to register.
The Secretary of State offers the opportunity to reserve the name for a $30 fee. If you are ready to file your corporation and LLC, you can skip the reservation fee since the name is registered when filing the Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization and the name .
These are the basics of searching for a business name in Kansas. Even when the name of the business you want is available, the Secretary of State will make a final determination at the time of filing to ensure the name you picked isn’t too similar to other registered names.
How do I form an LLC?
Before starting your business and forming an LLC, be sure to do the business entity search first to make sure the name is available to use. Once you know the LLC name is available, learn how to form an Kansas LLC by reading our step-by-step guide on filing the Articles of Organization.
While not required in Kansas, an Operating Agreement, which are the rules for how the LLC operates, may be a document worth considering especially for multi-member LLCs.
After forming a Limited Liability Company, be sure to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN). This is a “social security number” for the business. There is no cost to get one through the IRS.
After forming the LLC, Kansas business licenses and permits may still be necessary.