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How to Find a Business

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When you file a court case, you have to know the exact legal name and address of the person or business you want to sue.


If you only know the phone number of the business:
You can get the address from a reverse directory. You can look at this directory at the main branch of your public libraryOpens new window  The address will not be in the reverse directory if the phone number is unlisted.

You can also use the reverse phone directory onlineOpens new window
There may be a fee for this search.


If you are suing a corporation or LLC:
You can find out the name of the corporation and its agent for service Opens new window at the Web site of the California Secretary of StateOpens new window  There is no fee.

The Web site can also tell you how to write to the Secretary to get more information about the corporation or LLC, such as a list of the corporation's officers. There will be a fee for this service.


If you are suing a partnership or a business with one owner:
Get the names and addresses of the owners from the county clerk-recorder's office or city clerk's office. To find your county web site, click here. Opens new window  Ask to see the business' "fictitious business name statement."  The business license office of some cities will give you the address of the business.

Or, you can find the address and phone number of your county clerk-recorder's and city clerk's offices in the government pages of your phone book.


If you are suing a limited partnership:
You can find out the name of the limited partnership's agent for service at the Web site of the California Secretary of StateOpens new window  There is no fee.

The Web site can also tell you how to write to the Secretary to get more information about the limited partnership. There will be a fee for this service.



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