Starting and registering your business is not a walk in the park. With a number of tasks and fees to be mindful of, it’s only apt to carefully plan and prepare to avoid penalties for non-compliance in the future.
A crucial part of this process is filing your business name. To make sure you don’t encounter conflict during name registration, the state of New York allows businesses to check whether their preferred name has been taken or not.
To commence your New York business name search, our team has created this step-by-step guide.
New York Business Search by Entity Name
Open the New York Department of State entity search page. There, you will find an empty field where you can enter the name of the business you’re interested in and the status type. Enter all the necessary information.
You will be directed to another page in which you will see multiple results like the one shown in the picture below. Find the name of the business entity you have entered. If it doesn’t appear on the first page, just click on the page numbers on the bottom part of the page.
The businesses you can find on these pages are officially registered, most probably with the help of an LLC service. If you can’t find the business you’re looking for, they might have not been registered in New York yet.
Select the business entity. From thereon, you will be directed to a page with a summary of specific details such as stock information, address, and the status of the business entity (whether it is still active or not).