Massachusetts Business Name Search

Getting Started

Before searching the Massachusetts Business Name Database, you can save time by making sure your business name is unique and distinguishable from other existing business entities within the Massachusetts business name database. We suggest coming up with a few name ideas in case some are unavailable. You can also download the full Texas entity name guidelines here (click here to download)

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Search business name availability

Contacting the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts office via Phone or Email is free and is the most reliable way to check your business name availability.

Online, you can search for Massachusetts businesses entities for free via the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website (click here to visit). The site provides comprehensive business search options but the simplest one is to enter the name you’re interested in.

There are multiple other online platforms that enable users to do a business name search. These, however, draw information from the official state registry and they’re not likely to provide more adequate or accurate information than the Massachusetts official portal.

Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Website: http://www.sec.state.ma.us

Phone: (617) 727-9640

Email: corpinfo@sec.state.ma.us

Hours: 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday

Frequently Asked Questions

You can register your business name with the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (click here to visit).

Useful information:

– There is a filing fee of 30 dollars you will have to pay to get your business name reserved.

– It is possible to reserve your business name before you move ahead to incorporate the entity.

– You can complete the registration in person or online, if you prefer speed and convenience.

To register your business name, you’ll need to do the following:

– Obtain licenses, permits and the required zoning clearance.

– Obtain an employer identification number.

– Make sure you have additional documents and information available (your SSN, business mailing address, starting date of the business, contact information, etc.)

– Fill out the required forms (available via the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website)

If the business name you’re interested in is available, it will be reserved for you for a period of 60 days. It may be possible to extend the period for additional 60 days but you will have to pay an additional fee of 30 dollars.

You need to carry out a business name search before getting started with the registration process for this very purpose. It’s impossible to register a business name that has already been taken by some other corporate entity.

Massachusetts, like all other states, has its prerequisites for business name registration. The name you pick has to be distinguishable from the ones already on file. Choosing a distinctive name will also benefit you in terms of marketing and branding in the future.

Take some time to plan alternatives to the one business name you’re currently interested in.

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.

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