Quick Answer: How Do I Check To See If A Business Name Is Available?

How do you look up if a business name is taken?

Use the USPTO’s free trademark database.

You can search for federally registered trademarks by using the free trademark database on the USPTO’s website.

To start, go to the USPTO’s Trademark Electronic Business Center at http://www.uspto.gov/main/trademarks.htm and choose “Search.”

How do I check if an LLC name is available?

Checking Name Availability (Corporation, LLC and LP)

A free preliminary check of the availability of a name can be requested by mailing a completed Name Availability Inquiry Letter (PDF) to the California Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento. Email or online inquiries cannot be accepted at this time.

How do I find out if a DBA is available?

  • Visit the California secretary of state’s website and download the “Name Availability Inquiry Letter.”
  • Visit the county clerk’s office that oversees the county in which the business you want to check is located.
  • Visit the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to conduct a business name search through the trademark database.

How do I find out if a business name is available in Texas?

Visit the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website. Enter the name you would like to use in the “Entity Name” field. In this example, we will look up “Sew What” and click “Name Availability Check”. Searching the registered names, we get a list of all the businesses with the words “Superior Lawncare”.

How do I look up a company?

How To Find Out Who Owns a Small Business

  1. Call the company.
  2. Check the company’s Web site.
  3. Search Better Business Bureau reports.
  4. Search the state’s database of registered businesses.
  5. Query business information search engines and social networks.
  6. Call the local agency responsible for licensing the business.

Can I have the same name as another business?

Because business names are registered on a state-by-state basis, the fact that a company in another state has the same name as yours is usually not a cause for concern. However, you are right in that there could be intellectual property issues (namely, trademark) when two companies have the same name.

Where do I register my business name?

There are three options for business name registration.

  • Use a Doing Business As (DBA) The easiest way to register a business is to file a DBA, also sometimes called registering a fictitious business name, with your state or county clerk’s office.
  • Create a Business Structure.
  • Register a Trademark.

How much does it cost to trademark a name?

What Does Trademarking a Name Cost? Filing a trademark for your business name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will cost between $225 and $600, plus legal fees. You can register with most states for $50-$150 if you don’t want protection outside your state.

How do I name my LLC?

How to Choose an LLC Name

  1. Make It Legal. The most important thing when you’re choosing an LLC name is to make sure it’s legal.
  2. Make It Memorable. You want your LLC name to be something people can remember.
  3. Make It Meaningful.
  4. Make It Original.
  5. Make It Distinctive.
  6. Make It Domain Name Ready.
  7. Make It Social Media Friendly.

Is dba public record?

Yes, the dba or llc are public records.

Where do I go to get a DBA?

To do business under a DBA, you must complete and file the appropriate DBA forms and pay a filing fee, after which point you receive a DBA certificate. Depending on the state you may be able to file with a local or county clerk’s office, with a state agency, or both.

What is a business entity name?

A business entity is an organization created by one or more natural persons to carry on a trade or business. Types of business entities include corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships.