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The Delaware state file number is the number that the state of Delaware issues to each new company at the time of formation. It is formatted with seven numbers; for example, 1234567.
Each new Delaware company will be one digit higher than the company before it. It is the number that you can use to identify your company when dealing with the Delaware Secretary of State.
Your Delaware state file number is used to identify your company in the Delaware Division of Corporations' database.
Delaware companies can change their names, they can change their Directors, they can change the number of shares and par value issued, they can change their Registered Agent and address, but they cannot change their Delaware state file number.
No, the Delaware state file number is not your Federal Tax ID number, often called an EIN. The Federal Tax ID number is the federal government's—not a state government's—identifying number.
The EIN is a nine-digit number formatted with a dash after the first two numbers. These first two numbers indicate the location where the company will do business and pay their federal tax.
Think of the federal tax ID number as the social security number (SSN) for the business. It is used to open U.S. bank accounts, hire U.S. employees and operate lawful business activities in the U.S.
The Delaware file number can be located in several different places. You can find it on the cover letter we send with your approved company documents and on your receipt. The state will stamp it in the margin of your filed Certificate of Formation or Certificate of Incorporation.
(See an example of a Certificate of Formation below):
THE AUTHOR OF THIS BLOG ARTICLE IS NOT A LAWYER AND HARVARD BUSINESS SERVICES, INC. IS NOT A LAW FIRM. THE ARTICLE ABOVE IS NOT INTENDED AS LEGAL ADVICE AND SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS LEGAL ADVICE. THIS SHORT ARTICLE IS STRICTLY TO MENTION SOME ASPECTS OF DELAWARE’S CORPORATION LAWS AND/OR LAWS RELATING TO OTHER FORMS OF ENTITIES WHICH YOU MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CONSULT WITH A LAWYER BEFORE FORMULATING A STRATEGY WHICH WILL BE SUITABLE FOR YOUR SPECIFIC CASE.
There are 4 comments left for Questions About The Delaware State File NumberShane Carew said: Thursday, July 12, 2018
To search for information online through your search tool to find out about a corporation, why must you know more than the corporation's name? If you know the name, how can you obtain the corporate number at no charge in order to do an online search of your records?HBS Staff replied: Friday, July 13, 2018
We do not have information about corporations; we can help you determine if a name is already taken or would be allowed by the state of Delaware, but if you are searching for specific information about a corporation you do not own, you'll need to do that search via the Delaware Division of Corporations Search Entity site.Petra Heijmans said: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
What's the reason that some company's have two Delaware state file numbers?HBS Staff replied: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Usually the reason this happens is that one of the entities would have had to cease existence, allowing a new entity to be formed. That would mean there are two different companies, as the file numbers are formation specific.Davin. Clegg said: Thursday, July 13, 2017
This is Davin Clegg how do i get my filer number for my bank account. Thank youHBS Staff replied: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
If you provide us with your company name, we can give you your Delaware filing number. Feel free to call us at 1-800-345-2677 during normal business hours, Monday - Friday. However, typically the banks do not request the Delaware file number. Banks traditionally need your IRS issued Tax ID Number (EIN).Mark S. Staniscia said: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
How can I find out who the secretary and president of a corporation formed in Delaware in 1970 was any info. appreciated Thanks MarkHBS Staff replied: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
You can try to obtain a copy of the Annual Report from the Delaware Secretary of State.