How to Find Business Records in Nebraska
Searching for Business Records in Nebraska
In the State of Nebraska, the Secretary of State is responsible for
maintaining certain important business records, which can be accessed
online. Here are some tips on obtaining access to these records.
What Records Are Maintained by the Nebraska Secretary of State?
When certain business entities are formed in Nebraska, such as
corporations, limited liability companies and limited liability
partnerships, it is required that the entities file certain
documentation with the Nebraska Secretary of State. These records are
maintained and may be accessed by the public.
Additionally, the Secretary of State maintains UCC (Uniform Commercial
Code) filings. These are records of security interests in a debtor’s
collateral that a lending party can receive in exchange for a loan.
These records may be accessed online after a fee is paid.
How Can I Search for Records Maintained by the Nebraska Secretary of
To search for business records maintained by the Nebraska Secretary of
State, begin by visiting the Secretary of State’s website, at http://www.sos.state.ne.us/.
Then select the blue button marked “Business and Licensing” to go to the
page entitled “Business Services.”
To Search for Businesses in the State of Nebraska, from the Business
Services page, select the option marked “Corporate Services.” This will
take you to a page with the heading “Corporations Division.” Inside a
red rectangle are the words “Corporate Searches (No charge for basic
corporation information).” Select the words “Corporate Searches” to
begin a corporate search.
The search page includes a search window in which searchers can input
the name of the business to search. Additionally, a pull-down menu above
permits searchers to select whether they wish to search for businesses
that are “In Good Standing or Active,” or for businesses that are “Not
in Good Standing or Inactive.” After making this selection and inputting
the business name, click on the button marked “Perform Search.” If you
are not certain whether the business information you wish pertains to an
active or an inactive business, it will be necessary to perform the
search twice, once selecting the “active” option and once selecting the
“inactive” option in order to capture the results of both.
Results will be returned in list form, including the entity name,
Secretary of State account number, type, and account status. Next to
each item in the list is a button marked “Details,” which may be clicked
for additional information.
After clicking on “Details,” searchers will be taken to a new page
dedicated to that business entity. This page includes the entity’s name,
Secretary of State account number, principal office, registered agent’s
name and address, nature of business, entity type, filing date, and
The Nebraska Secretary of State website warns that such searches should
not take the place of a name availability request. To find out if your
desired business name is already taken, it is necessary to submit a
request in writing to the Secretary of State’s Corporate office at P.O.
Box 94608, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4608. Alternatively, you can fax the
search to 402-471-3666.
Although the basic corporate information mentioned above can be located
without charge, letters of good standing are available for a small fee.
Additionally, viewing images of documents filed by businesses can be
viewed for a small fee, which at the time of the writing of this article
is 45 cents. These documents may be selected by obtaining a
subscription, or by paying separately with a credit card at the time the
images are accessed. Links for these options are provided on the
“Details” page for each business entity.
In order to search UCC filings, it is necessary to pay a fee. To search
online it is necessary to subscribe to a service. In order to access
these alternatives, from the Business Services page, select the option
marked “UCC Services.” You will be taken to a page providing some
information and links to subscribe to a service in order to search the
UCC filings online.
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