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Entity Search

SCC eFile

SCC eFile may be used to search for Virginia and foreign corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and business trusts. Business entity details available in SCC eFile are: entity name, SCC ID, business entity type, date of formation or registration, status, principal office address (if required) and registered agent/registered office. You may also view an entity’s eFile history, including images of documents that have been filed using SCC eFile.

Clerk's Information System

The Clerk's Information System (CIS), an electronic database, also contains general information on file at the Commission for Virginia and foreign corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and business trusts. CIS provides more in-depth information than what is currently available in SCC eFile. Images of business entity documents are not currently available for electronic or online viewing, except for Corporate Annual Reports and documents filed via SCC eFile.

Internet access to CIS performs optimally with Internet Explorer while in the Compatibility View mode. Compatibility View settings for Internet Explorer can be found under the Tools menu option. Other browsers may produce unpredictable results. Scripting options for your browser must be enabled to use CIS. First-time users are encouraged to review the user documentation.

Name Distinguishability

To receive a preliminary determination of the availability of a business entity name, see Name Distinguishability. The business entity Name Search function in CIS should not be used to determine if a prospective business entity name is distinguishable upon the records of the Commission. For information regarding the criteria for name availability in Virginia, see the Frequently Asked Questions regarding Business Entity Names.

Insurance Companies

CIS may not include certain insurance companies that are licensed in Virginia as reciprocal insurers, such as United Services Automobile Association (USAA). The names of these companies often include the word "reciprocal," "interinsurer," "interinsurance," "exchange," "underwriters," or "underwriting." However, you may be able to obtain information about such companies from the SCC's Bureau of Insurance Company Lookup feature.