How do I…

File Online

Quickly form a new business by clicking the Register a Business link on the business services page, login with ePass or create an ePass account, select the new business application in the action item list on your Dashboard.

Maintain Online

To maintain your business online, you must have authority over the entity.

  • With the proper authority granted, you will see your business under the My Businesses tab on your Dashboard.
  • Click on your business name.
  • Click the “Maintain” tab and select from the list of available options.

File Your Annual Report

We are no longer accepting paper Annual Report Filings

To file your annual report click below. You may need to log in with ePass if changes are required.

Obtain Business Certificates

  1. Click search for a Business Name Search from the Business Services home page
  2. Enter the business name or business identification number for the business you need a certificate for.
  3. Click search and select the entity from the Search Results.
  4. Click “Request Entity Information” and select “Request Business Certificates”
  5. Select type of Certificate then click “Request Documents.”
  6. Submit payment

Obtain Business Documents

  1. Click search for a Business Name Search from the Business Services home page.
  2. Enter the business name or business identification number of the business entity.
  3. Click search and select the entity from the Search Results.
  4. Click “Request Entity Information” and select “Request Business Documents.”
  5. Select type(s) of Documents and then click “Request Documents.”
  6. Submit payment.

Obtain Registered Principals

  1. Click search for a Business Name Search from the Business Services home page.
  2. Enter the business name or business identification number for the business you need the principals for.
  3. Click search and select the entity from the Search Results.
  4. Click “Request Entity Information” then select “Request Principal Information” and click “Request Documents.”
  5. Submit payment

To search for a business

  1. Click the “Business Name Search” link on the Business Services home page.
  2. Enter the business name or Business Identification Number, click search. NOTE: You may select a specific entity type from the advanced search features. System defaults to “any register.”

Register Definitions

Business Entities: Displays corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships.

Business Names: Displays assumed business names and foreign business names.

Trademarks: Displays trademarks and service marks.

Commercial Agents: Displays commercial registered agents.

Search Tips

  • Enter the exact spelling of the business name.
  • The following name validation rules are applied to the name:
    • The words “the”, “an”, and “a” at the beginning of the name are ignored.
    • Spaces are ignored.
    • Special characters are ignored.
    • Upper and lower case is ignored.
    • Business identifiers (e.g., corporation, incorporated, company, etc., or their abbreviation) are ignored.
    • Numbers are converted to the spelling of the number.
    • Starts with logic is used.
  • If “no results” are returned, try entering variations of the business name.
  1. Click the “Business Name Search” link on the Business home page.
  2. Enter the business name or Business Identification Number, click search. NOTE: You may select a specific register from the drop down listing of registers. System defaults to “any register.”

Register Definitions

Business Entities: Displays corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships.
Business Names: Displays assumed business names and foreign business names.
Trademarks: Displays trademark and service marks.
Commercial Agents: Displays registered agents that are commercial agents.

Search Tips

  • Enter the exact spelling of the business name.
  • The following name validation rules are applied to the name:
    • The words “the”, “an”, and “a” at the beginning of the name are ignored.
    • Spaces are ignored.
    • Special characters are ignored.
    • Upper and lower case is ignored.
    • Business identifiers (e.g., corporation, incorporated, company, etc., or their abbreviation) are ignored.
    • Numbers are converted to the spelling of the number.
    • Starts with logic is used.
  • If “no results” are returned, try entering variations of the business name.

Click here to search for all noncommercial registered agents.

Click here to log in to ePass and to start creating your new business.

  1. Log in with ePass to get to your Dashboard.
  2. Click on “Online Services”
  3. Click on payments

Subscription Services

A subscription service provides access to information with automatic payment deduction from your payment account.

Trademark Copies:
A monthly download of trademark images on file with our office.

Montana Secretary of State – Corey Stapleton
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