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How to Find Registered Business Names

Updated February 21, 2017

A registered business name is a business name used by a corporation, limited liability company (LLC) and certain types of partnerships that are registered with the secretary of state in the state where the business is organised. Individual secretary of state offices offer online search tools that you can use to find registered business names in their states. These tools display detailed information about the registered business, including the registered owners and the registered address of the business.

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  1. Open a web browser on your computer and go to the business entity search tool offered by the secretary of state in the state where the business is organised (see References).

  2. Enter the name of the registered business you want to find in the "Name" or "Entity Name" field. The individual secretary of state websites differ in the exact terminology used by the search tool. However, the general process to find the registered business is the same.

  3. Click the "Search" button.

  4. Click on the name of the business from the list of businesses that match your search query for detailed information about the registered business.

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Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet connection

About the Author

Since 1992 Matt McGew has provided content for on and offline businesses and publications. Previous work has appeared in the "Los Angeles Times," Travelocity and "GQ Magazine." McGew specializes in search engine optimization and has a Master of Arts in journalism from New York University.

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