Happy 4th of July!

All offices of Unisearch, as well as all federal, state and county offices, will be closed on Thursday, July 4th to celebrate our nation's birthday. The following states will also be closed on Friday, July 5th:  Alabama, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Missouri, Mississippi, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia. The State of Ohio will be closing early on Wednesday, July 3rd at 3:00 pm. I  

Weather Update - Washington State

Monday, February 11th - Due to extreme weather conditions the State of Washington, Department of Licensing, UCC Division is closed for the day and the Secretary of State office has shortened hours and staff.  The Washington office of Unisearch is partially staffed and responding to emails and orders.  Delays are expected in filing and retrieval from Washington State.


Update:  The Washington Secretary of State closed at 12:00 pm today.

Unisearch Secured Party Representation Services aka Secured Party Masking

It is becoming more and more common for factors, equipment financing companies and lending firms to request a secured party search in the UCC records of your state filing office. The results obtained are a wealth of new potential client information for your competitors. Once this secured party search is conducted against your company name, your competitor can obtain the name and address of your clients and the collateral that you are holding. This information is then used to create new business for your competitor while you miss out on continued business with the client you worked so hard to get on board.

What Can You Do to Protect Your Client Information From Your Competitor?

Under Revised Article 9, UCC Section 9-502(a)(2), a financing statement must provide the name of the secured party or representative of the secured party. Through this rule there is a provision to allow a "representative" to act as secured party for your filings. This means that instead of your name being used in the Secured Party field on the UCC form, you use a name of a representative in the field to "mask" your name from any competitors.

Unisearch's Secured Party Representation Service provides just this service. It allows you to still perfect your security interest when you file a UCC-1, and at the same time limit the ability of your competitors in determining who your clients are. In addition, the service does not interfere with due diligence searches on the debtor name.

As your representative, Unisearch will promptly forward any inquiries regarding your filing to your designated contact, without disclosing to the inquiring party any information about your company or your interest in the UCC filing. You will be able to determine if the inquiry is a legitimate inquiry from the debtor, court, attorney or unit of government or if the inquiry is one from a competitor looking for marketing information.

Contact Unisearch Today

Don't let another day go by with your client list vulnerable to your competitors!  Contact Scott Vogt at scott.vogt@unisearch.com, 800.722.0708 ext 116 to learn more about how Unisearch can help you protect your client information.




Columbus Day Jurisdiction Closings - October 8, 2018

All Unisearch offices will be open on Monday, October 8th.

Please note that the following jurisdictions will be observing the Columbus Day Holiday:  Federal Government, Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia.

Please plan accordingly.

Labor Day Closure

All offices of Unisearch, Inc. will be closed Monday, September 3rd in observances of Labor Day.   All offices will reopen as scheduled on Tuesday, September 4th.


4th of July Holiday

All Unisearch offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of the 4th of July Holiday.  All offices will reopen, Thursday, July 5th at 8:00 am local time. We wish our staff and clients a wonderful and safe holiday with family and friends!  

Changes to IL Business Entity Law - Effective July 1, 2018


Exciting news from the IL SOS! The long-awaited Entity Omnibus Act (EOA) is finally in effect. This will allow domestications and conversions for all entity types.

The domestications will allow an Illinois entity to transfer its home state to another jurisdiction or a foreign entity to change its domestic state to Illinois.

Domestications will be filed on form EOA 305.

The conversions will allow an entity to change from one business entity to another. The conversions will be filed on EOA 205.

The filing fee will be $100 per form. Expedite will be an additional $200 per form.


Memorial Day Closures

Reminder:  Memorial Day is Monday, May 28th.

Most federal and state agencies will be closed on Monday May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day.  A little planning and coordination can ensure your search, filing or document retrieval is completed on-time.

Unisearch offices will also be closed for the holiday and will reopen at 8:00 am on Tuesday, May 29th.

Thank you so much to all the servicemen and women who have gone above and beyond protecting our country.



Contact Info

Corporate Headquarters
1780 Barnes Boulevard SW
Tumwater, WA 98512-0410

PO Box 11940
Olympia, WA 98508-0708

Phone Number
+1 (360) 956-9500
+1 (800) 722-0708

Fax Numbers
+1 (360) 956-9504
+1 (800) 531-1717

Operation Hours
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Saturday - Sunday: Closed

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