Before buying a car – or heck, even going on a first date – you want to do your research, and know what you’re getting into. Well, the same goes for doing business with another company. It’s called a Corporate Search and we can help you with it.
When to Request a Corporate Search
- To find information about Alberta or extra-provincially registered corporations, partnerships or trade names.
- To determine whom and where to send legal documents.
- Ensure that a company can legally conduct business.
- Obtain names and addresses of the directors and shareholders of a corporation.
If you want to determine the availability of a corporate name, request a NUANS report.
When to Request a Certificate of Status
- To verify the company is in good standing.
- To certify a corporation’s status, legal company name, or incorporation date.
- To register the corporation out of province.
- To set up banking.
What you Need to Request a Search
- Your AMA membership card
- Your completed Corporate Search Request form(pdf) or Certificate of Status Request form (pdf)
Also, bring along one of the following:
- The legal company name or Alberta Number (for a numbered corporation).
- Corporate Access Number (appears on previous corporate document).
Finding the Right Information
You can request both current and historical searches from any AMA centre. Results may include:
- How long the organization has been in operation
- Registered address
- Records address
- Director and/or shareholder names
- Declarants names (for trade name searches only)
- Corporate status
- Incorporated date
- Name change(s)
When changing a corporate record with us by fax or email, in addition to sending us your completed form, include a photocopy of your personal identification and required credit card authorization.
- Our Corporate Registry services are a member-only service, so make sure you’re in good standing (that means no overdue membership fees) with the AMA, CAA, or AAA.
- A certified registry agent may provide assistance only; the role of the agent does not include providing legal advice. We recommend that you consult a lawyer licensed to practice law in Alberta on all matters having to do with the regulations of documents in the corporate registry.