State List of State Corporations, Liens, Licenses & Business Database

The following list contains information where to find important databases for each official U.S. State website. On these websites you can search for Corporate Names, Corporate Registrations, UCC Liens and Tax Liens and Professional Licenses. Most of the time the information provided by the state is free of charge. Certain advanced reports and certified results or documents are provided at an additional charge.

Business and Corporations Database

These databases provide critically important information, especially if you're seeking to create, incorporate or sue a business in the state. If you are seeking to file incorporation documents with the Secretary of State, you will typically be required to perform a search to ensure that the company name you desire has not been registered. Failure to do so will result in a loss of money and time.

If you're seeking to sue a corporation, you'll want to use the registrations database to obtain (i) the legal name of the company and (ii) the address for the agent to serve process (court documents such as a summons and complaint) upon the company. Getting this information from the start can save a great deal of time and effort.

Professional Licenses Database

Most states have a comprehensive licenses database. If you're seeking to discover whether an attorney, physician, notary or real estate agent is licensed with the state, this is the place too search. But it's not limited to those four professions. In fact, The New York State Division of Licensing Services also provides access to these categories and more.
  • Accountant and CPA
  • Acupuncture
  • Architect
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Chiropractor
  • Clinical Laboratory Technition
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Dentist
  • Dietitian
  • Doctor
  • Engineer
  • Interior Designer
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Mental Health Specialist
  • Social Worker
  • Marriage Therapist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychoanalyst
  • Psychologist
  • Veteranarian
You can even search for detailed specialties which you might not otherwise realize requires a state license to perform professional services in the state:
  • Apartment Information Vendors
  • Apartment Sharing Agents
  • Appearance Enhancement Business/Area Renter
  • Armored Car Carrier
  • Armored Car Guard
  • Armored Car Services
  • Athlete Agent
  • Automobile Broker
  • Bail Enforcement Agent
  • Barber
  • Bedding Manufacturer & Refurbisher
  • Central Dispatch Facility
  • Children's Product Safety and Recall Act
  • Coin Processor
  • Cosmetology
  • Document Destruction Contractor
  • Esthetics
  • Health Club Services
  • Hearing Aid Dispensers
  • Home Inspectors
  • Nail Specialty
  • Nail Specialty Trainee
  • Natural Hair Styling
  • Notaries Public
  • Pet Cemetery & Pet Crematorium
  • Private Investigator
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Real Estate Salesperson
  • Security Guard
  • Security or Fire Alarm Installer
  • Telemarketer Business
  • Ticket Reseller
  • Watch, Guard or Patrol Agency
  • Waxing

Tax Liens Database

The tax liens database can certainly come in handy. For example you may be considering going into business with another person whom you suspect may be debt heavy. You may also be considering the purchase of an asset in distress which may have an existing lien. While there are many uses of the tax liens database, it's extremely useful as a warning sign of potential trouble ahead.

List of Public Databases for Each U.S. State


ALABAMA

ALASKA

ARKANSAS

ARIZONA

CALIFORNIA

COLORADO

CONNECTICUT

DELAWARE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

FLORIDA

GEORGIA

HAWAII

IDAHO

ILLINOIS

INDIANA

IOWA

KANSAS

KENTUCKY

LOUISIANA

MAINE

MARYLAND

MASSACHUSETTS

MICHIGAN

MINNESOTA

MISSISSIPPI

MISSOURI

MONTANA

NEBRASKA

NEVADA

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW JERSEY

NEW MEXICO

NEW YORK

NORTH CAROLINA

NORTH DAKOTA

OHIO

OKLAHOMA

OREGON

PENNSYLVANIA

RHODE ISLAND

SOUTH CAROLINA

SOUTH DAKOTA

TENNESSEE

TEXAS

UTAH

VERMONT

VIRGINIA

WASHINGTON

WEST VIRGINIA

WISCONSIN

WYOMING

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