Kentucky Business Name Search

Getting Started

As you’re coming up with names, you may want to access the Kentucky Statutes that are connected to creating, reserving and registering your name. Using this information, you’ll have an easier time creating a name that conforms to the standards expected from the Kentucky government.

If you’re stuck on business name ideas, try our business name generator below to get the ball rolling.

Generate Business Name Ideas


Search business name availability

When you have come up with a few name ideas, it’s time to run some searches to find out which of the names you’ve come up with might be taken. Luckily, the Kentucky Secretary of State website makes this process easy by providing a simple FastTrack Business Organization Search, which allows you to look for the exact name you want to use, or parts of it.

When you run a search, it will need to be at least 4 characters long. It’s also a good idea to keep in mind that the results will max out at 250. As you look at the results, you’ll be able to see the names of companies that match or include your chosen search word(s). In addition, the results will let you know whether each business is active or inactive.

Kentucky Secretary of State Office

Websitehttps://www.sos.ky.gov

Phone: (502) 564-3490

Email: Contact Form Available

Hours: 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday

Frequently Asked Questions

You have a couple of options when it comes to reserving and registering your business name. For those who prefer online methods, the Kentucky One Stop Business Portal is a great place to complete documents and ensure that everything you need is in one place. Otherwise, you can also access the forms needed for reserving a business name through the Business Filings Forms page.

Useful information:

– In most cases, the fee for filing an application for name reservation is $15.00. For foreign businesses, this fee is $36.00.

– The name reservation ensures that your name cannot be taken by someone else for 120 days, so make sure that you get started on all of your official paperwork within this time to have the name fully locked in.

The form required for filing a reservation of name is quite simple. In addition, the same form can be used to both reserve and renew a reserved name. You’ll need the following information for this paperwork:

– Notification as to whether you need to reserve or renew the name.

– The name you’d like to reserve.

– The type of company the name is being reserved for.

– The name, address and signature of the applicant, as well as the necessary fee.

 

(Source: Kentucky Reservation/Renewal Form)

Sometimes, the name you want for your business may already be taken. In these instances, your best option is to continue searching for a truly unique name. However, you can also opt to contact the Secretary of State office for more options.

If you’re still unable to find a business name that suits you, try using our business name generator to get unique name ideas (click here to find our business name generator).


Registering your business Domain/website

Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to check if the domain name is available for your business. The last thing you want is to register your business name and find out another competitor or company already has a website with your name! Use our domain check below to instantly check availability.

Enter your business name to check domain availability