When you are running a business, you frequently are asked by new vendors or by state agencies to provide documentation that you are properly licensed. When you don't have this information on hand, you must obtain a copy of these business licenses. Getting a copy of your business license is a necessary but sometimes time-consuming process.

Visit your state's secretary of state website to obtain a copy of your business's state licensing and registration records. Once on the home page of your secretary of state website, click on "Business," then "Online Business Filing Records."

Type in the name of your business in the search field that requests such information and click "Submit." Your business licensing information appears. Click on "View Business License" or "View Business Registration Information."

Print out a copy of your business licensing information directly from this website by going to "File" in your Internet browser and clicking "Print." You now have a copy of your business license.

Get copies of your county business licenses by visiting the business license department for your county during normal business hours. This is likely the same office where you went to license your business.

Ask the clerk at the county business licensing office for a copy of your business license. You may have to show a state-issued identification card to receive this information.