Searching the Business Registers

Information about businesses, and how to find it

The Business Registers provide a number of ways to search for information about New Zealand and overseas businesses, and their current status.

You can search directly on the Business Registers by visiting and clicking on the ‘Search for a business’ button on the home page.

Go to Business Registers Search for a business

Your search options

To search the Business Registers, navigate to the ‘Search’ tab and select the type of search you wish to conduct from the drop-down menu.

There are two types of search:

  • Search Business allows the user to search by business name or New Zealand Business Number (NZBN)
  • Search Role allows the user to search by partner name or trustee name

Please note that not all business registers will have a role search available.

Each search type has its own ‘advanced’ search criteria. See ‘Advanced search options’.

Searching different registers

By selecting 'Search Business' you can choose to search multiple registers from the drop-down list.

You can also search by business name or NZBN, and conduct either a ‘starts with’ or ‘equals’ (exact match) search.

More about NZBN

The NZBN website provides information about the NZBN and how to use it, and the primary business data associated with an NZBN. You can also search the NZBN Register for any business with a NZBN.

Advanced search options

If you wish to refine your search for either of the search types – Search Business or Search Role – advanced options are available by clicking on the 'Advanced' link.

Please note the business industry code description is available only to sole traders, partnerships and trading trusts.

Advanced register search

Use the advanced register search to find specific results for:

  • the type of business
  • the status of the business
  • the date of registration
  • address keywords

Business type

There are nine business types to choose from:

  • sole trader
  • partnership
  • trust
  • central government
  • local government
  • education
  • other public entity
  • limited partnership (New Zealand)
  • overseas limited partnership

Business status

There are five options for business status:

  • registered
  • inactive
  • external administration
  • deregistered
  • closed

Advanced role search

Use the advanced role search to find specific results for:

  • the type of role
  • the status of the role
  • the status of the business

Understanding your search results

Each search result will include the following business details:

  • name
  • NZBN
  • address
  • registration date
  • business type
  • business status

Select the business name to view the information for that business. Please note only publicly available information will be displayed.

Exporting your search results

You can sort your results by ascending or descending order, and save your results either as a PDF or Excel file.