What is an LLC?
A limited liability company (LLC) is a business structure in the United States whereby the owners are not personally liable for the company's debts or liabilities. Limited liability companies are hybrid entities that combine the characteristics of a corporation with those of a partnership or sole proprietorship.
How to search for an LLC or other business in Utah?
In Utah, it is straightforward to perform a business search. Follow this link to access the business search from Utah.gov. Simply enter the name of the executive or business you are interested in. You may also input the entity number if you have that on hand. Make sure you change the “search by” option that aligns with the information you are entering in the search. On top of LLCs, you can search for corporations, collection agencies, business trusts, limited cooperative associations, limited partnerships, and limited liability partnerships. Through this name search you can perform the following:
- Get a certificate of existence - This is an official document provided by Utah that validates that a business entity is authorized to perform business in Utah and that the company is compliant with state regulations.
- Find filed documents - You can find and download PDF documents of any changes that have been recorded for the business you have searched. These can include address and management team changes.
- Look up management team - You can find executives registered with the business that include the directors, officers, treasurers, trustees, applicants, members, and managers.
- Find executives - You may also use this business search to look up a specific executive to find all businesses that are connected to the individual if they are involved with any of the following roles: director, president, officer, secretary, trustee, treasurer, applicant, partner, member, and manager.
Why would you perform a business search?
This business search is a way to contact a business or find out other information you need. You may also desire to search for a company to confirm your information about the business. You can even look up your business to see what is available to the public. It's also a great way to determine whether your desired business name while filing for one is already taken and, therefore, unavailable. Some other reasons for performing a business search are listed below.
- Want to file a lawsuit against an LLC. You can contact the agent to notify the company.
- Learn more about an LLC, including any of the information listed below.
- Find out ownership of an LLC
- Searching for Name availability for Your LLC. Confirming whether your desired LLC name is already taken can help prevent rejection and additional filings for your LLC.
- Perform administrative tasks for your company.
- Confirm whether your LLC is formed officially with the secretary of state
What information is available through the search?
Information that is available through the Utah business search includes the following:
- Full legal name of the company
- Whether the company is active or inactive
- The registered agent and their address
- The jurisdiction that the entity was formed in
- The entity type
- The initial filing date
- The principal and mailing addresses of the business
- The managers or members listed in the filing
- Filing/ Merger history
When you are trying to view the management team, you will be charged a fee that varies depending on the company. Simply select the company after performing the search and click “view management team.” You will then be directed to input your credit card information.
How to Keep Your LLC information Private?
Anonymous LLCs are where the company is not required to provide owners’, managers’, or members’ information when filing with the state. Only a handful of states allows this directly when filing within the state. States that do not allow you to withhold this member information, there are ways to protect your privacy that an anonymous LLC attorney can help you with.
In Utah, the identity of company managers is no longer required to be disclosed when filing the Certificate of Organization. Similar to members, managers may now remain anonymous. Previously, Utah LLCs were not allowed to withhold management and membership information. That is, filing for an anonymous LLC was not possible through direct filing in Utah. After the Utah Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act that went into effect January 1, 2014, Utah LLC members now have this and other protection and opportunities as well.
How to get ahold of documents?
Copies of documents listed on the business search service can be requested for at a rate of $2.00 each. When you search for the company, simply click on “View Filed Documents” to select the paperwork you are wanting to get ahold of. Enter in your name and email address to have it sent to you. You may also purchase a certificate of existence by selecting the option once you click on the company name. You will be charged a $12 fee.
The Division of corporations and commercial code state that is may take around two days from filing for any paperwork to show up on their website. If you do not see the document you are looking for, give it some time or contact the Division directly through there online chat that you can find here. Or you can contact their support team through the following:Email: email@example.com
Phone: (801) 983-0275
Toll-free: (877) 9UTEGOV
The information is inaccurate
or the business is inactive.
What should I do?
If any information is inaccurate, contact the Division with the same information as listed above. You can renew a Utah business entity through this link. If there is concern for business fraud or if you would like to enroll in the business fraud alert service, follow this link. There is a $3 fee to enroll in this service and you will have to renew annually to continue using it.
Fees for written requests sent by fax must be paid using this link beforehand. You need to submit your authorization form showing you have paid the fee. Send all the information for the request and the fee authorization form to (518)-473-1654.
Any more questions about Utah’s business search?
Contact the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code at (801) 530-4849. The hours of operation are 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.