Address used on business license made public?


Starting a home-based internet services company and need to get a business license. Is the address I list to obtain my license {in this case my home address} made available to the public?

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asked Mar 17 '12 at 06:38
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  • Why not just go to the Secretary of State website and see if you can look up the business by name. PA your registration address will be published – Karlson 12 years ago

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Of course this will vary from place to place with every town and city having their own specific rules. In general you should assume that at least some of the data you file on your application will be a matter of public record.

For a specific answer simply ask the clerk with whom you will be filing the application.

Just curious, why do you need a business license for a home based internet services company? Is that a specific requirement where you are located?

answered Mar 17 '12 at 11:18
Jonny Boats
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  • OP is in the US. – Karlson 12 years ago
  • @Karlson - US is not specific enough, business licenses are issued by municipalities and each has its own rules. – Jonny Boats 12 years ago


When you start a business, you can either run it as a sole proprietor or as an entity like an LLC or Corporation. The LLC/Corporation is created by filing organizational documents with the state government, typically the Secretary of State. Those documents are nearly always a matter of public record.

On top of that, the municipality where you live may require you to have a business license. The public records law of most states will require that license to be a public record as well, but JonnyBoats is right -- check with the municipality to be sure.

Even if the license is a public record, though, it may not be easy to find. Some public records are available on the Internet, and others have to be specifically requested. Clearly, records that have to be specifically requested are going to give you more privacy.

If it's a big concern for you, getting a business address really isn't that big of a deal -- a USPS mailing address may suffice, or you can "rent" a virtual office. You still need to check the requirements of your filings, though, to be sure that you're giving them the correct information.

answered Mar 19 '12 at 04:16
Chris Fulmer
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