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How To Do An Alabama Business Name Search

How To Do An Alabama Business Name Search

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How To Do An Alabama Business Name Search

If you are forming an LLC or a corporation in Alabama, the first thing you need to do is a business name search. Like all other states, Alabama requires each LLC or corporation registered in the state to have a unique business name. You can do an Alabama business name search on the Alabama Secretary of State website to see if the business name you want to use is available.  

Related: Guide to starting a business in Alabama

Begin by going to the Alabama Secretary of State website.

Alabama LLC Name Search

If you are lucky and no matches are found, as in this example, you can register the business name.

Alabama Business Entity Search - No matches found

However, if you were to search for “Mother Trucker,” there is a Limited Liability Company registered under that name.  From this search, you can find the Entity ID, Entity Name, City, Type of Entity, and Status.  If the status says “Exists,” that means there is a company that is using the name and is in good standing with the Secretary of State.  If Status says “Previous Name,” “Merged,” “Withdrawn,” or something else, it may mean the name is open, however, you will have to check with the Business Entity Records department to be sure.

Alabama Corporation Name Search

By clicking on an entry, more information about the entity will be shown.

Alabama Business Name Search FAQs

How do I find the business name of an Alabama sole proprietorship?

An Alabama sole proprietorship or partnership can use the business owner(s) full first and last name as the business name, but many will want to operate under a specific business name. In order to register the business name, they will register for an Alabama Trade Name, which is also known as “Doing Business As,” DBA, Assumed Name, or Fictitious Business Name.

Similar to the corporation or LLC, Trade Name registrations can be searched on the Secretary of State’s website.

Related: How to register a Trade Name in Alabama

How do I form an LLC in Alabama?

Before starting your business and forming an LLC, be sure to do the business entity search first to make sure the name is available to use.  Once you know the LLC name is available, check out our step-by-step guide on how to form an Alabama LLC.

While not required in Alabama, an LLC operating agreement, which contains the rules for how the LLC operates, is a document worth considering, especially for multi-member LLCs.

After forming a Limited Liability Company, be sure to register for any Alabama business licenses and possibly obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) so the business is legal to operate.

What are the naming guidelines for an Alabama LLC?

In addition to being unique, the LLC’s name must include a special designator such as Limited Liability Company, LLC, L.L.C., etc., and it may not use restricted words such as bank or insurance unless the entity is licensed to operate as such.

Can an LLC name be reserved in Alabama?

If you want a name but are not ready to register the LLC, you can file the Reservation of a Business Entity Name (Form SCC631) with the Alabama Secretary of State to hold a name for up to 120 days.


  • Greg Bouhl

    With over two decades as an entrepreneur, educator, and business advisor, Greg Bouhl has worked with over 2,000 entrepreneurs to help them start and grow their businesses. Fed up with clients finding and acting on inaccurate and outdated information online, Greg launched StartUp101.com to be a trusted resource for people starting a business.

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How To Do An Alabama Business Name Search

How To Do An Alabama Business Name Search

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