Business Services

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Business Information Search
Search by business name or Secretary of State Control Number in order to file annual reports and other amendments or to view the business detail.
File an Annual Report
File or prepare an Annual Report for a business entity registered in the State of Tennessee.
File documents to form or register a new business with the Tennessee Secretary of State.
Form or register a new business entity, find and update business records, request a certificate of existence, or file an annual report.
Request, pay for, receive, and/or verify a Certificate of Existence online.
Uniform Commercial Code
File UCC financing statements and access the UCC database.
Workers' Compensation Exemption Registry
List of Workers' Compensation Exemption Online Processes.

Business Services Videos

This video demonstrates how to file an annual report for a for profit corporation with the Tennessee Secretary of State Division of Business Services.
This video demonstrates how to file an annual report for an LLC, or Limited Liability Company, with the Tennessee Secretary of State Division of Business Services.
This video demonstrates how to file an annual report for an LLP, or Limited Liability Partnership, with the Tennessee Secretary of State Division of Business Services.
This video demonstrates how to file an annual report for a nonprofit corporation with the Tennessee Secretary of State Division of Business Services.
This video demonstrates how to use the Business Information Search tool from the Tennessee Secretary of State Division of Business Services.
A familiar scam that continues to target Tennessee businesses is now in the spotlight of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Middle Tennessee.
Press Release
Be Vigilant When Responding to Mail Appearing to be From a Government Official
Secretary Hargett Urges Businesses to be Vigilant When Responding to Mail Appearing to be From a Government Official.
Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators Chart
Tennessee’s Business Filings Show Continued Growth
Initial business filings continue year-over-year growth and don’t show any signs of slowing down, according to a reported released Tuesday by Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office.
New Customer Counter Now Open
The Secretary of State’s office is proud to offer a new space to better help customers visiting the William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower in downtown Nashville. The Division of Business Services customer counter has moved from the sixth floor to the third floor lobby just steps from the 7th Ave. N entrance. Customers who need assistance from the Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports and Gaming can also get help in the new space.
The Great Seal of the State of Tennessee
Claims Being Accepted in Settlement With SCC, LLC
The Secretary of State’s office, along with the Tennessee Attorney General’s office, is pleased to announce a settlement agreement with State Compliance Center, LLC – also known as SCC, LLC – as well as owners James Jacobs and John Jacobs.

About Business Services

The Division of Business Services is where a variety of documents required for starting and maintaining business operations in Tennessee are filed. Business Services also handles filings for:

  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Motor Vehicle Temporary Liens
  • Trademarks
  • Apostille and Authentication Services

The Business Services Division assists approximately 9,500 persons monthly, processing on average 46,875 documents per month.

Additionally, Business Services maintains certain business information on its searchable databases. Some of this information includes: business name, principal office address, registered agent, and business status. Its databases are most often used by businesses, citizens and the law enforcement community. Additional databases are available for

  • Business Information
  • Search Business
  • Name Availability
  • Motor Vehicle Temporary Liens
  • Notary Commissions
  • Nonresident Fiduciaries
  • Summons/Service of Process
  • Trademarks
  • Uniform Commercial Code

Documents may be filed by mail, in person, and others are available to be filed online.