Starting a Business


Thinking of starting business? Before you file and pay for the registration, make sure to do a name availability check to avoid having a rejection due to a duplicate name.

Here is a state by state list of online directories, along with any login requirements.

  • Alabama

https://www.sos.alabama.gov/government-records/business-entity-records

  • Alaska

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/cbp/main/Search/Entities

  • Arizona

https://ecorp.azcc.gov/EntitySearch/Index

  • Arkansas

https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/corps/search_all.php?fullsite

  • California

https://businesssearch.sos.ca.gov/

  • Colorado

https://www.sos.state.co.us/biz/NameCriteria.do?resetTransTyp=Y

  • Connecticut

https://www.concord-sots.ct.gov/CONCORD/online?sn=PublicInquiry&eid=9740

  • Delaware

https://icis.corp.delaware.gov/Ecorp/EntitySearch/NameSearch.aspx

  • District of Columbia (register for a username to run search)

https://corponline.dcra.dc.gov/Account.aspx/Register

https://corponline.dcra.dc.gov/Account.aspx/LogOn?ReturnUrl=%2fhttps://mycpa.cpa.state.tx.us/coa/

  • Florida

https://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/search/

  • Georgia

https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov/BusinessSearch

  • Hawaii

https://hbe.ehawaii.gov/documents/search.html;jsessionid=F82DF53E1EF9BCB32711AC411C7898BD.prodapp1

  • Idaho

https://sosbiz.idaho.gov/search/business

  • Illinois

https://www.ilsos.gov/corporatellc/

  • Indiana

https://bsd.sos.in.gov/publicbusinesssearch

  • Iowa

https://sos.iowa.gov/search/business/

  • Kansas

https://www.kansas.gov/businesscenter/index.html

  • Kentucky

https://app.sos.ky.gov/ftsearch/

  • Louisiana

https://coraweb.sos.la.gov/commercialsearch/commercialsearch.aspx

  • Maine

https://icrs.informe.org/nei-sos-icrs/ICRS?MainPage=x

  • Maryland

https://egov.maryland.gov/businessexpress/entitysearch

  • Massachusetts

http://corp.sec.state.ma.us/CorpWeb/NameReservation/SearchNameRes.aspx

  • Michigan

https://cofs.lara.state.mi.us/SearchApi/Search/Search

  • Minnesota

https://mblsportal.sos.state.mn.us/Business/Search

  • Mississippi

https://corp.sos.ms.gov/corp/portal/c/page/corpBusinessIdSearch/portal.aspx?#clear=1

  • Missouri

https://bsd.sos.mo.gov/BusinessEntity/BESearch.aspx?SearchType=0

  • Montana

https://sosmt.gov/business/

  • Nebraska

https://www.nebraska.gov/sos/corp/corpsearch.cgi?nav=search

  • Nevada

https://esos.nv.gov/EntitySearch/OnlineEntitySearch

  • New Hampshire

https://quickstart.sos.nh.gov/online/Account/LandingPage

  • New Jersey

https://www.njportal.com/DOR/BusinessNameSearch/Search/Availability

  • New Mexico

https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/BFS/online/corporationbusinesssearch

  • New York

https://appext20.dos.ny.gov/corp_public/CORPSEARCH.ENTITY_SEARCH_ENTRY

  • North Carolina

https://www.sosnc.gov/search/index/corp

  • North Dakota

https://firststop.sos.nd.gov/search/business

  • Ohio

https://businesssearch.ohiosos.gov/

  • Oklahoma

https://www.sos.ok.gov/(S(rxow5nrnwbjxrg45rwhhhg45))/corp/corpNameAvailability.aspx

  • Oregon

http://egov.sos.state.or.us/br/pkg_web_name_srch_inq.login

  • Pennsylvania

https://www.corporations.pa.gov/Search/corpsearch

  • Rhode Island

http://business.sos.ri.gov/CorpWeb/CorpSearch/CorpSearch.aspx

  • South Carolina

https://businessfilings.sc.gov/BusinessFiling/Entity/Search

  • South Dakota

https://sosenterprise.sd.gov/BusinessServices/Business/NameAvailability.aspx

  • Tennessee

https://tnbear.tn.gov/Ecommerce/NameAvailability.aspx

  • Texas

https://mycpa.cpa.state.tx.us/coa/

  • Utah

https://secure.utah.gov/bes/

  • Vermont

https://www.vtsosonline.com/online/BusinessInquire/

  • Virginia

https://sccefile.scc.virginia.gov/NameAvailability

  • Washington

https://ccfs.sos.wa.gov/#/

  • West Virginia

http://apps.sos.wv.gov/business/corporations/

  • Wisconsin

https://www.wdfi.org/apps/CorpSearch/Search.aspx?

  • Wyoming

https://wyobiz.wy.gov/business/filingsearch.aspx

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