business and corporation records

California Secretary of State - Corporation Records Online

The California Secretary of State has a website with a searchable database that provides some of the information in its index of corporations operating in California.

The database is at:

California Business Search

To search for a corporation, click on the circle next to Corporation Name

The database will provide a corporation's address, its registered agent/agent for process of service, its current status, the date it was incorporated and its corporation number.

You can use the corporation number to obtain the company's complete annual corporate report and articles of incorporation if you go to the Secretary of State's office in Sacramento.

Publicly Traded Companies in California

For publicly traded companies operating in California, such as firms that have stock traded on the NASDAQ or other stock exchanges, a little more information is available online at the California Secretary of State's:

Publicly Traded Disclosure Search

Publicly traded companies must disclose compensation paid to directors and executive officers and the names of the company's auditors. The database also is searchable by the names of directors and officers or the names of auditors.

But much more extensive information on publicly traded companies is available via the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and its Edgar online database.