Nebraska Secretary of State Business Search: Everything You Need to Know
A Nebraska Secretary of State business search is the first step needed to form your LLC in this state.3 min read
2. Searching the Nebraska Name Database Using a Company Name
3. Searching the Nebraska Name Database Using an Account Number
4. How to Reinstate a Nebraska Corporation
5. What Is a Corporation?
Nebraska LLC Name
A Nebraska Secretary of State business search is the first step needed to form your LLC in this state.
The name that you choose for your Nebraska LLC must comply with state requirements, including being distinct from other corporations operating in the state. Whatever name you choose for your LLC, it must include either “L.L.C.” or “LLC.”
LLCs in Nebraska are not corporations, meaning the name of your LLC cannot include the abbreviations “Inc.” or “Corp.” or the words “Incorporation” or “Corporation.”
The name of your LLC must be distinguishable, meaning it should be original and different from the names of other Nebraska businesses.
Searching the Nebraska Name Database Using a Company Name
On the Corporate and Business Search page, you can search for company names in Nebraska.
You will be able to choose from the following search options:
- Name Exact Match
- Name Keyword Search
- Name Sounds Like
- Name Starts With
After you've chosen your search option, you will be able to enter the entity's standing and the name for which you are searching. To submit your search, you will need to fill the reCAPTCHA and then click Perform Search.
You will be shown a list of names that match your search criteria. On this list, you will find brief information about Nebraska business entities, including:
- The name of the entity
- The entity's account number
- Entity type and status
You can get more information by clicking the Details link. The business details page will show you filing information possessed by the Nebraska Secretary of State and will also allow you to request a Certificate of Good Standing.
Searching the Nebraska Name Database Using an Account Number
It is also possible to search for company names in Nebraska on the Corporate and Business search page by using an account number. Using an account number often results in more detailed search results, allowing you to gain immediate access to business information.
To perform an account number search, visit this page, select the option for account number, and then enter the required information. Completing the search requires indication that you are not a robot. If you performed the search correctly, you should be presented with a details page that includes all business information that is on file with the Secretary of State. Purchasing a Certificate of Good Standing is also possible.
How to Reinstate a Nebraska Corporation
It is not possible to reinstate a corporation in Nebraska online. Instead, you will have to contact the Nebraska Secretary of State directly to request the necessary form.
You can request forms and file documents at the following address:
Nebraska Secretary of State
1445 K Street, Room 1301
PO Box 94608
Lincoln, NE 68509
The Secretary of State can be reached by phone at (402) 471-4079 and by fax at (402) 471-3666.
Once you have completed reinstatement documents, they can be submitted in person or by mail. A cover letter with your contact information should be included when submitting reinstatement forms by mail.
To fully reinstate your Nebraska corporation, you will need to fill out and submit the Application for Reinstatement form, pay any outstanding fees, and pay the $25 filing fee.
Your reinstatement form will usually be processed within two to three days. There is no expedited processing in Nebraska.
There is no explicit limit on when you can reinstate your Nebraska corporation, meaning you can request reinstatement any time you wish. However, before you can resume business operations, you must pay all taxes and fees that are owed by your LLC.
The name of your Nebraska LLC will be reserved for a year after your corporation has been dissolved. At the end of this year, you can form a new corporation with the same name as your old LLC without the need to pay reinstatement fees.
In your reinstatement documents, you are not allowed to change your business address, the directors or officers of your company, or your Registered Agent. Submitting a Nebraska Change of Registered Agent or Office form will allow you to alter this information.
What Is a Corporation?
When you form a corporation, you will be able to protect your private assets during lawsuits against your business. Corporations can also shield you from liability if one of your employees or a business partner is sued. Forming an LLC may also help you save on taxes.
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