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South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond

Business Entities Online

File, Search, and Retrieve Documents Electronically
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Welcome to the South Carolina Secretary of State’s Corporation Search, Filing, and Document Retrieval System.

This system allows you to search organizations on file with the Secretary of State that are doing business in the state of South Carolina and purchase copies of corporate documents and certificates associated with each. This application also allows organizations to file corporate documents online.

New Business

If you have never filed documents for your business with the SC Secretary of State, please start here to first verify that your business name is available and then file the appropriate documents.

Start a New Business Filing

Existing Business

If you would like to view public information about SC businesses or file a document for your existing business, begin by searching for the existing entity.

Search Existing Entities

Document Request

To request certified copies of corporate filings, a Certificate of Existence (Certificate of Good Standing) or a Certificate of Authority for an out-of-state entity, begin by searching for the entity.

Request Documents

Agent Search

If you would like to view public information about the agents of SC businesses, begin by searching for an existing agent.

Search Existing Agents

Paper Forms

To preview forms in PDF format, choose a category and download forms.

Downloadable Forms


Information on this Web site is collected, maintained, and provided for the convenience of the user. While the Secretary of State’s Office strives to keep such information accurate and updated, the Secretary of State’s Office does not certify the authenticity of information contained herein as it originates from third parties. The Secretary of State’s Office shall under no circumstances be liable for any actions taken or omissions made from reliance upon any information contained herein regardless of the source.

An entity status of “Good Standing” means that the business entity has not been dissolved upon the records of the Secretary of State. “Good Standing” does not mean the business entity is currently in operation, but only that its legal existence has not been terminated or dissolved. For nonprofit corporations, an entity status of “Good Standing” does not mean that the entity is authorized to solicit contributions in the State of South Carolina. To see if a charity is authorized to solicit contributions, please access the Secretary of State’s “Charity Search” engine.

Notice: Protect Your Social Security Number

Most documents maintained by the Secretary of State’s Office are public records subject to disclosure. Filings may be viewed by the public and requested copies may also be made available.

Please do not place your social security number on filing or other documents you submit to the Secretary of State. Although we attempt to prevent disclosure of social security numbers, due to the large number of documents filed, we cannot guarantee that a social security number placed on a document will not be disclosed. It is the responsibility of the filer to ensure that a social security number is not contained on the filing.

Protect your company from business schemes and fraudulent activity by first checking with your Secretary of State. Visit #BizSchemeSOS for more information.