Secretary of State Business Name Search

How to Search for a Business Name

Performing an LLC name availability search is easy with TRUiC's free guide for all fifty states. Simply select your state and follow the instructions to find out if the name you want is available in your state.

You can also lookup an existing business entity or DBA name. In some states, you can access your own company's formation documents and take care of important administrative tasks for your LLC.

Ready to search for your business entity name? Select your state to learn how to do a business name search:

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Reasons to Do a Business Name Search

  1. To check if the name you want for your LLC is available for use.
  2. Look up an existing business entity to check its status with the state and access basic business info.
  3. Find out if your own LLC has been officially formed in your state.
  4. Perform important administrative tasks for your business (only in some states).
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is my business name taken?An orange arrow pointing down

The best way to find out if your business name is taken is to do a business entity search within your state, check Federal Trademark Records, and search the web to find businesses with the same or a similar name.

To find the business name search in your state, check out the links above, and when you've found a name that is available read our guide on how to register a business name.

Can I name my LLC anything?An orange arrow pointing down

No, most states have restrictions on what an LLC can be named, it cannot include words that could confuse your LLC with a government agency and other restricted words may require more paperwork.

Read our guide on naming an LLC for more information and links to naming restrictions in your state.