Request business or organization records
Request information about businesses or organizations registered in B.C. Documents that are filed and registered are public record and are available to citizens for a fee. The fee is legislated.
Search results for these entities include:
- Status – whether the company or organization is active or not active
- Recognition/incorporation date – when they were incorporated, registered or amalgamated within B.C.
- When the last annual report was filed
- Previous name(s)
- Registered office address
- Records office address
- Names of directors and officers (which are often included in annual reports)
You can also request copies of annual reports that have been filed.
Information about shareholders, members or share certificate details are not available. Contact the registered office of the company or organization for this information.
A Certificate of Status ($25 fee) verifies the status of a company or society and proves that it's not in the process of dissolving. A Certificate of Status is issued only to a company, society or cooperative formed in B.C. It will not be issued for a company in the process of dissolving.
A Certificate of Status cannot be issued for an extraprovincial company because BC Registries doesn't know the status of the company in its incorporating jurisdiction. Instead, request a Letter Under Seal which certifies that an extraprovincial company is registered in B.C.
A company or society can order this certificate to prove that they are "in good standing" which means that they're up to date with filing annual reports. A Certificate of Good Standing will not be issued for a company that is not up to date with filing its annual reports.
Companies or societies incorporated outside of B.C. can order this certificate to prove that it's registered in B.C. and is up to date with filing annual reports.
Companies or societies formed in Alberta or Saskatchewan, general partnerships, limited partnerships or sole proprietorships should order a Letter Under Seal to prove registration in B.C.
General partnerships, limited partnerships, sole proprietorships or extraprovincial (out-of-province) companies or societies should order a Letter Under Seal to prove registration in B.C.
Other information available
Other records also available in a registry search include:
- Small claims court records: See a sample corporate or company summary report (PDF, 146KB)
- Active or historical registrations
- Certified work which includes certified copies of filed and registered documents or court/federal certified copies of filed and registered documents
- No record letter
You can also use OrgBook BC to find information about organizations legally registered in B.C. For example, you can check if a corporation is legally registered to do business in B.C. or look up "doing business as" names for registered corporations.
Submit a search request
This service is not available online. You cannot download and print documents such as a company summary.
Choose one of the following options to submit a request:
- At a Service BC location
- Via Small Business BC or a title search company like Dye & Durham
- Using BC OnLine, if you have an account (this option is recommended only for completing multiple searches on a regular basis)
OR, you can send a letter using these steps:
Prepare a letter that states the information you're requesting. Include:
- The company or society name or the registration, incorporation or business number
- A list of the items you're requesting and/or a Certificate of Good Standing Order form (PDF, 457KB)
- Your name, full return mailing address, phone number and email address
Send the letter along with a cheque or money order for the amount quoted (payable to the Minister of Finance) to:
BC Registries and Online Services
Courier: 200 - 940 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 3E6
Mail: PO Box 9431 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9V3
Request priority service (additional $100 fee) if you need to have a search completed in 1 to 2 business days. Requests for services that require a specific date must be submitted at least 2 business days before the requested date.
Ask for help
Contact the BC Registries helpdesk for help Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The registry does not provide business or legal advice.
Support and services
Contact the team at Dye & Durham, our preferred legal service provider, for support filling out forms or filing documents.