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How To Do A Connecticut Business Name Search

How To Do A Connecticut Business Name Search

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How To Do A Connecticut Business Name Search

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

Related: Guide to starting a business in Connecticut

Step 1: Visit the Connecticut Entity Name Database

Visit the Connecticut Secretary of the State’s website.

Step 2: Search for a Business Name

Next, enter the name of the business you would like to register in the box “Search by Name.”  In this example, we will do a Connecticut LLC name search by looking up “Pool Guy.” After entering the company name, click the search icon.

How To Do A Connecticut Business Name Search

Step 3: Review the Results

In this example, there is already a business that registered the name “Pool Guy, LLC.” If your result comes back as No records found,” it is likely that the name you want is available.

Connecticut LLC Name Search Results

Clicking on the business name link gives us a detailed overview of this business.

Connecticut Business Entity Search Result

These are the basics of searching for a business name in Connecticut.  Even when the name of the business you want is available, the Secretary of State will make a final determination at the time of filing to ensure the name you picked isn’t too similar to other registered names.

Something to keep in mind is that even though each Corporation and LLC name must be unique, it may not stop someone else from using that name since business names for a sole proprietorship or partnership are not registered by the Secretary of State and are not required to be unique.  To protect your business name, consider getting a trademark.

What information can be found on the Connecticut business entity database?

The Connecticut business entity search can uncover several pieces of information about businesses in the state. Some of the highlights include:

  • Business ALEI: The Authoritative Legal Entity Identifier is the filing number of a registered entity that is assigned by the Connecticut Secretary of State.
  • Business Type: Corporation, Limited Liability Company, Limited Partnership, etc.
  • Principal’s Information: Generally, the name, title, and address of the owner
  • Registered Agent Information:Delaware registered agent is the singular point of contact for the entity should a legal, or tax notice need to be sent to the business.  This is often one of the owners, and if their home address is used, that address becomes public information.  Many people find this concerning and use a Registered Agent service like NorthWest Registered Agent, so their home address isn’t listed.

Connecticut Business Name Search FAQs

How do I find the business name of a Connecticut sole proprietorship?

The Secretary of State’s Business Entity Database provides information for corporations and LLCs registered in Connecticut.  The names of Delaware sole proprietorships or general partnerships are not centralized and are registered with the Town Clerk’s office where the business is located.

To register the business name, they will register for a Connecticut Trade Name, which is also known as “Doing Business As,” DBA, or Fictitious Business Name with the Town Clerk.

How do I form an LLC in Connecticut?

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, learn how to form a Connecticut LLC by reading our step-by-step guide.

While not required in Connecticut, an LLC operating agreement, which are 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 Connecticut business licenses and possibly obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) so the business is legal to operate.

How To Do A Connecticut Business Name Search

How To Do A Connecticut Business Name Search

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