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How To Do A Delaware Business Name Search

How To Do A Delaware Business Name Search

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How To Do A Delaware Business Name Search

Starting a business in Delaware involves several steps, but one of the first is choosing a business name. This step is a little more complicated when setting up an LLC or corporation in Delaware because these business structures must have a unique name. 

To help you verify that your corporation or LLC is available to use, our step-by-step guide will show you how to quickly do a Delaware business name search using the Delaware Division of Corporations business name database.

Related: Guide to starting a business in Delaware

Step 1: Visit the Delaware Entity Name Database

Visit the Delaware Division of Corporation’s website.

Step 2: Search your Name

Enter the name you would like to use in the “Entity Name” field.  In this example, we will do a Delaware LLC name search by looking up “The Lawn Authority.” After entering the company name, click “Search.”

How To Do A Delaware Business Name Search

Step 3: Review the Results

Searching the registered names, we get a list of all the businesses with the words “Legendary Landscaping.”  To be able to register a corporation or LLC name in Delaware, the name must be distinguishable from the other names registered. If you were looking to form an LLC with this name, you wouldn’t be able to since there is already one registered.

Delaware LLC Name Search Result

If you want to learn more about a business, you can click on the entity name link.

Delaware Business Entity Result

While the name “The Lawn Authority LLC” may not be available for an LLC, other variants, such as “Delaware Lawn Authority,” are.  Searching for those business names brings a result that says, “No Records found.”  While final approval is still with the Delaware Department of State, it is likely available to register. 

Delaware Business Name Availability

This wraps up the basics of searching for a business name in Delaware.  Even when the name of the business you want is available, the Delaware Division of Corporations 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 Delaware business entity database?

A Delaware business entity search can find information on registered businesses operating in the state. Some of this information includes:

  • Date of Formation: The official date the business entity started.
  • Secretary of State File Number: The Department of State assigns this number to a new LLC or corporation.
  • Entity Kind: Corporation, Limited Liability Company, Limited Partnership, etc.
  • Entity Type: Could include general (most businesses), bank, closed corp, DISC corp, professional association, general partnership, regulated investment corp, LLC, LLC, non-profit or religious.
  • Status: Good standing means all reports and filing fees are up to date.
  • Residency: Domestic or Foreign (Difference between a Domestic or Foreign entity.
  • 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.

Delaware Business Name Search FAQs

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

A Delaware sole proprietorship or partnership can use the small 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 a Delaware Trade Name, which is also known as “Doing Business As,” DBA, Assumed Name, or Fictitious Name.

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

How do I form an LLC In Delaware?

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 Delaware LLC. After forming an LLC, there are some other things to take care of.

Unlike most states, an LLC operating agreement is required for all LLCs in Delaware.  This document lists the rules for how the LLC operates.

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

Can an LLC name be reserved in Delaware?

If you are not ready to form the LLC but want to reserve a name, the Delaware Division of Corporations will hold a name for up to 120 days.

How To Do A Delaware Business Name Search

How To Do A Delaware Business Name Search

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