Public Search allows for searching the
Massachusetts Corporation database 24 hours a day. It is free and
available to everyone.
Table of Contents:
The following is required to use public search.
- You must allow per-session cookies
How public search
What are per-session cookies and why do I need
to accept them?
- Per-session cookies are NOT stored on your hard drive and they do not
contain any personal information whatsoever.
- Per-session cookies are nothing more than a random,
unique number generated when you first hit our site. Once you log in to the system this
number is used to determine whether or not you are authorized to
access a certain page.
- A per-session cookies looks something
- Per-session cookies disappear as soon as you
close your browser or they will time-out after 20 minutes.
Entering Data into
an Online Form
- The first step in a public search
is to select the type of search that you wish to
complete. The four available options are to search by:
entity name, identification number, filing number, or by an
individual's name. When searching for an entity or
individual name, a search method my also be selected. The
available search methods are: exact match, begins with, full text
(entity name only), or soundex search.
- When an entity name or individual is selected, a
list of results that resemble the search criteria is returned
to the user. Choose the desired result by clicking the
hyperlink to display a summary screen of the entity's information. The
summary screen can be reached directly by slectig and
entering an identification number for the original search
- From the summary screen, select on a type of filing or
activity to display specific filings. A list of filings that pertain to the selection
will be returned. The screen can be reached directly by selecting and
entering a filing number for the original search criteria.
If a hyperlink is displayed
next to the filing, the filing can be
viewed online. Click the hyperlink to view the filing. NOTE: Adobe Reader
is required for viewing the document.
Data is entered on the form by positioning the cursor on the
desired input field and typing. Use Tab, or a mouse action to move
from field to field and Backspace to make corrections.
Problem with Data
You might notice that some
fields on the form won't accept your information. This happens
when a field requests a specific type of data such as numeric
only. Entering anything but numeric data will cause the forms
internal validation to return an error thereby stopping the form from
- Exact Match - The system will return
all records that 'exactly' match the entered search
- Begins With - The system will return all
records that 'begins with' the entered search criteria.
- Full Text - The system will return all
records that contain the words that were entered in the
- Soundex - The system will return all
records that the 'sound like' the words entered in
the search criteria.