Find Available Business Names
The following table is a free business name search which you can use to find available business names and register them.
The legal name of a business is the name of the person or entity that owns a business. If you are the sole owner of your business, its legal name is your full name. If your business is a partnership, the legal name is the name given in your partnership agreement or the last names of the partners. For limited liability corporations (LLCs) and corporations, the business’ legal name is the one that was registered with the state government.
Your business’ legal name is required on all government forms and applications, including your application for employer tax IDs, licenses and permits.
However, if you want to do business under a name different from your company’s legal name, then you may have to file a “fictitious name” registration form with your government agency.
A fictitious name (or assumed name, trade name, or DBA name, short for “doing business as”) is a business name that is different than your personal name, the names of your partners or the officially registered name of your LLC or corporation.
In some states, fictitious names are registered with the state government; in others, you register fictitious names with the county clerk’s office; and in others, there are no laws requiring businesses to register fictitious business names.
Use the following table to do a free business name search in your state, find available business names, and register them. The table will give you the requirements for fictitious name filing in all 50 states and territories.