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What is the purpose of the Check Name Availability Search?

The Check Name Availability search helps the user determine if a business entity legal name may be available for use. It is only a preliminary search, meaning the name cannot be guaranteed as available until the final processing is completed at the time of filing.

This search is different from the Business Entity Name Search in that the search results will include all names which are not available for use, including:

  • Active and legal entities (for domestic entities)
  • Active and fictitious entities (for foreign entities)
  • Active and reserved names of entities (domestic)
  • Active and registered names of entities (foreign)
  • Administratively dissolved and legal entities (for 120 days after dissolution, for domestic entities)
  • Administratively revoked and legal entities (for 120 days after revocation, for foreign entities)
  • Administratively revoked and fictitious entities (for 120 days after revocation, for foreign entities)