Find Out If Your Company Name Is Available Using Incfiles Business Name Lookup Tool
Your business needs a great name one that is unique and memorable while telling customers what you do and strengthening your brand. The question is: How do you find the perfect name while making sure its different from any other business name in your formation state?
Weve made it fast and easy to look up LLC and corporation names in some of the most popular U.S. states for LLC formation, so you can easily see if your proposed business name is available. And the best part is you can do it all from one place.
See if your proposed business name is already in use
Query the most up-to-date information available
Choose to form your business immediately if the name you want is available
Business Name Searches and Availability: Your Questions Answered
Do I Need to Have a Distinctive Name for My Business?
Every business formed in your state must have a unique business name. This name cannot be similar to any other business name in the state.
Typically, the following factors cannot be used to say your business name is different from another business name:
Suffixes, such as Corporation, Company, Incorporated, Incorporation, Limited, Corp., Co., Inc., Ltd., LLC, etc.
Definite articles like A, And, An, &, The, etc.
The singular, plural or possessive forms of a word
Abbreviations, punctuation, symbols, fonts, typefaces, etc.
Are There Rules on What I Can Name My Business?
The following rules typically apply across all states for naming a business:
Your entity name needs to be unique and should not be similar to or confusable with another business name in the state.
Your name must contain certain words, depending on the type of entity youre creating.
If your entity is an LLC, it must contain the words Limited Liability Company or an abbreviation.
If your entity is a corporation, it must contain a word like Incorporated or Corporation.
The name should not imply an association or connection with a state entity, agency or body.
The name should not imply you are carrying out a service or business operations that you are not legally able to provide.
Additionally, most states will have other, more specific naming rules. You can find those on the individual state business name search pages above, or in our state-by-stateguides to LLCsandcorporations.
Its easy: just use the Business Name Search Tool and enter your proposed LLC or corporation name. Well search the business name registry for your desired state and tell you if there are any matches. If not, good news you can form a business with that name, andwell help you get started.
Most states allow you to conduct business under a different name. Depending on your states rules, this could be known as an assumed name, fictitious name, doing business as name or trade name. We can file yourFictitious Business Namewith your state on your behalf.
You can file an amendment to your Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization with your state. We can take care of this andfile the amendment on your behalfto change the name of your LLC or corporation.
We can help. We have acomplete guide to choosing the right [state abbr] business name youll want to choose a name that will mean something to your customers, explain what you do, help people remember who you are, strengthen your brand and be unique to your vision.
Once you have filed and formed your business legally, nobody else can form a business with the same name in that state. If you want extra protection, you could considerregistering your [state] business name as a trademark. Note that filing a fictitious or doing business as (DBA) name will not be sufficient to protect your business name.
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