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How To Do A Utah Business Name Search

How To Do A Utah Business Name Search

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How To Do A Utah Business Name Search

Starting a business in Utah 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 Utah because these entities 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 search the Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code business name database.

Related: Guide to starting a business in Utah

Utah Business Name Search FAQs

Step 1: Visit the Business Name Database

Go to the Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code website.

Step 2: Search for a Business Name

Enter the name you would like to use in the “Business Name” field.  In this example, we will do a Utah LLC name search by looking up “The Pool Guy.” After entering your name, click “Search.”  

How to do a Utah Business Name Search

Step 3: Review the Results

Searching the registered names, we get a list of all the businesses with the words “The Pool Guy.”  To be able to register a corporation or LLC name in Utah, 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. If your name comes up in the search, be sure to look at the “Status” column. Active means someone is using the name, while “Expired” means it may be able to register.

Utah Business Entity Search

To find more information about any of the registered business names, click on the “Detail” link to see more information.  In this example, we will look up “Pool Guy LLC, The.”

Utah LLC Name Search Result

While the name “The Pool Guy” is not available, other variants are, such as “The Pool Guy of Utah.”  Searching for this business name brings a result that says that the business name appears to be available.  Even if the name looks like it is available, the Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code will do its own search to avoid confusing potential customers with a business name that sounds like someone else’s.  Typically, words that sound alike but are spelled differently, and even abbreviations, will make names show up as available but won’t be approved.

Utah Business Name Availability

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

Also, keep in mind 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 Utah business entity database?

A Utah business entity search can find several pieces of information about the business. Some of the highlights include:

  • Business Name
  • Company Type: Corporation, Limited Liability Company, etc.
  • Principal Address: This could be the business’s physical address or the address where business records are stored.
  • Registered Agent Information:Utah 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.  
  • Status: Active means the entity is in good standing, and all reports and filing fees are up to date. Names of “Expired” results may be available to register.
  • NAICS Code: The North American Industrial Classification System is a number that corresponds to the industry the business is in.

How do I find a name for a Utah sole proprietorship?

How do I form an LLC in Utah?

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 Utah LLC by reading our step-by-step guide on filing the Certificate of Organization.

While not required in Utah, 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 Utah business licenses and obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to ensure the business is legal to operate.

What are the naming guidelines for a Utah 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 Utah?

If there is a name you want to use but aren’t ready to form the LLC, the Application for Reservation of Business Name can be filed to hold the name for up to 120 days.

How do I find a name for a Utah sole proprietorship?

A Utah 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 a Utah Assumed Business Name, which is also known as “Doing Business As,” DBA, or Fictitious Business Name.

Similar to the corporation or LLC, Assumed Name registrations need to be unique as well. 

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  • 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 A Utah Business Name Search

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