Connecticut Business Name Search

Getting Started

For many, a name for your business is a key place to start. Whether you’re looking to create an LLC, corporation, sole proprietorship or anything in between, you’re going to need a unique name.

Keep in mind that the name is how customers will be able to recognize your business, so it will need to be unique and memorable. You’ll also need to make sure that no other businesses are already using the entity name you want. Here, we’ll cover how you can search for and register your name.

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The Connecticut Secretary of State website includes a handy business startup tool that allows you to run a search for your ideal entity name directly through the tool itself. Once you’ve found the ideal name, this tool can also guide you through selecting your business type, and other fundamentals for your company.

You can also choose to search for entities using the Business Inquiry page. On this page, you can also search using a filing number or business identification number.

Whichever option you choose to use is free, so don’t forget to make use of these tools as you work toward a business name that is all your own.

Connecticut Secretary of State Office

Website: https://portal.ct.gov/sots

Phone: (860) 500-2300

Email: Sheila.Hummel@ct.gov

Hours: 8am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday

Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to registering and filing other forms for your business, a great deal of it can be done online using the Concord Filing Program. You can also use this program to search UCC and business records, take a look at fees for anything you may need to file and more.

Some helpful tips for registering your name:

– The fee for a name reservation is $60.00.

– Through this page, you’ll also be able to find other useful links that can help you with locating the services you’ll need for your business.

– If you prefer to file through a paper method, you can locate paper applications on the Concord page as well, but they can also be found on the Commonly Used Forms page.

To get started, you’ll need to file an application to reserve your name. These aren’t complicated forms, but keep in mind that they do come with a fee. Once you complete the application and it is approved, your entity name will be reserved so that you can finish the rest of the paperwork without someone taking the name. Keep in mind that the reservation is limited to 120 days.

Some information you’ll need for the name reservation application includes:

– Name and address of the filing party

– The requested name

– Name and address of the applicant

– A check for the $60.00 fee

 

(Source: Connecticut Commonly Used Forms)

It can be disappointing when the name you want for your business is taken, but it typically means that you’ll have to keep brainstorming new ideas. Legal problems can occur if your name is a duplicate of another company, or in some cases where it may even just be too similar.

If you are absolutely set on your business name, or believe that there is a misunderstanding with another business in regard to the entity name, you can try contacting the Connecticut Secretary of State office to learn what options are available to you.


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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