Name Availability Check

Selecting the right business name is a critical step when starting a business or expanding to a new state. A name check ensures the one you have in mind is available early in the planning process to avoid disappointment.

Know the Naming Nuances of Every State

Each state has its own rules, guidelines, and means of checking availability. A name can easily be rejected if it's too similar to an existing one, or if it contains a prohibited word (or omits a required one). With this service, CT will verify your name’s format and availability. If everything checks out, you may then consider a name reservation.

CT’s Compliance Experts Will:

  • Summarize each state’s naming requirements for you—no need to comb through websites to find out what’s allowed and what’s not
  • Check the availability of two names, one preferred and one backup
  • Promptly notify you of the results
  • Outline your logical next step, whether it’s incorporation, foreign qualification, or reserving the name for future use

Name Availability FAQs

What is a “legal name”?

A corporation, LLC, or other type of business can have only one legal name at a time. This name is protected—no other business can have a legal name that is deceptively similar. In contrast, a business can have several assumed, “doing business as (DBA)” names at once, which remain unprotected.

When is a name deceptively similar to an existing business name?

It depends on the state. For example, one state may bar the plural of an existing name, whereas others won’t. Additionally, each state has its own required and prohibited terms. CT knows all the ins and outs, so you can focus on procuring the most impactful name for your business.

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