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How To Do A New Jersey Business Name Search

How To Do A New Jersey Business Name Search

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How To Do A New Jersey Business Name Search

The first step in forming an LLC or corporation in New Jersey is to verify the business name is available to use. Each business entity that is registered with the New Jersey Department of the Treasury must use a unique name. See our step-by-step guide to learn how to quickly do a New Jersey business name search available names by using the state’s Business Entity Database.

Related: Guide to starting a business in New Jersey

Step 1: Visit the New Jersey Entity Name Database

Visit the New Jersey Department of the Treasury website.

Step 2: Search your Business Name

Enter the name you would like to use in the “Business Name” field.  In this example, we will do a New Jersey LLC name search by looking up “Sew What.” After entering a company name, click “Search.”  

How to do a New Jersey Business Name Search

Step 3: Review the Results

Searching the registered names, we get a list of all the businesses with the words “Sew What.”  To be able to register a corporation or LLC name in New Jersey, the name must be distinguishable from the other names registered. If you were looking to form an LLC with this name, a warning is displayed stating that the name you chose may conflict with other names on file. If you feel your name is different, you will have to contact the Department of the Treasury Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services for a manual review.

New Jersey Business Entity Search Results

While the name “Sew What” by itself may not be available, other variants, such as “Sew What Quilting” or “Sew What Seamstress,” are. Searching for those business names brings a result that says “Available!” While final approval is still with the Department of the Treasury, it is likely available to register. 

New Jersey Business Name Availability


These are the basics of searching for a small business name in New Jersey.  Even when the name of the business you want is available, the Department of the Treasury 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.

Related: Should I trademark my business name?

What information can be found on the New Jersey business entity database?

Doing a New Jersey business search can find several pieces of information about businesses in the state. Some of the highlights include:

  • Entity Type: Corporation, Limited Liability Company, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.
  • Status: Active Good Standing means all reports and filing fees are up to date. Other results include “Inactive Voluntary Dissolution, Inactive Revocation,” “Cancelled,” among others. The names of these results may be available to register.
  • Principal Address: This could be the business’s physical address, or it could be an address where business records are stored.
  • Registered Agent Contact Information: – A New Jersey registered agent is the singular point of contact for the entity should a legal, or tax notice needs 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.  
  • Date the entity was filed with the New Jersey Department of the Treasury
  • Names of the officers and their title

New Jersey Business Name Search FAQs

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

Unlike corporations and LLCs in New Jersey, the names of New Jersey sole proprietorships and general partnerships are not listed on the state database. Instead, they are registered with the County Clerk’s office in the county where the business is located. 

Registering a name for a sole proprietorship or general partnership requires filing a New Jersey Certificate of Trade Name (often referred to as a DBA or Doing Business As name) with the County Clerk.

How do I form an LLC in New Jersey?

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 to learn how to form a New Jersey LLC.

While not required in New Jersey, 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 New Jersey business licenses and possibly obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) so the business is legal to operate.

What are the naming guidelines for a New Jersey 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 New Jersey?

If you want an LLC name but are not ready to register it, you can file an Application for Name Reservation. The name reservation will hold a name for up to 120 days.

How To Do A New Jersey Business Name Search

How To Do A New Jersey Business Name Search

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