Idaho Business Name Search

Getting Started

Before searching the Idaho Business Name Database, you can save time by making sure your business name is unique and distinguishable from other existing business entities within the Idaho business name database. We suggest coming with a few name ideas in-mind in case any are unavailable, use our business name generator below to get some name ideas for your business.

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The Idaho Secretary of State website offers a simple search feature that allows you to use either names or file numbers in order to search through the entities. This is a great way to check your ideal name to make sure that it isn’t taken. You can find this search feature here.

You can also choose to contact Idaho Business Services via phone or email. These are great options if you prefer more personal contact, or have questions about the process of choosing a business name, 0r anything else business-related.

Idaho Secretary of State Office

Websitehttps://sos.idaho.gov/

Phone: (208) 334-2301

Email: business@sos.Idaho.gov

Hours: 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday

Frequently Asked Questions

For those who are looking to register a name, the Idaho Secretary of State website offers a useful program called SOSbiz. This program allows you to complete documents, file amendments and other necessary forms all in one place. You’ll also be able to get help as needed.

Here, you’ll also find a simple online form that allows you to reserve your business name.

Useful information:

– You will need to create an account with the SOSbiz program to file your paperwork. The website will be able to guide you through this process in an easy, step-by-step manner.

– The fee for applying for a name reservation is $20.00.

As previously mentioned, the form you’ll need can only be accessed once you’ve made an account with the Secretary of State’s SOSbiz program. In order to create this account and get rolling, you’ll need to have the following information ready to provide:

– First and last name

– Email address

– A password

– A prepared payment method to cover the $20.00 name reservation application fee.

 

(Source: SOSbiz Help Page)

It can be frustrating when you find that the name you were set on is already taken. However, it’s at that point that you’ll likely have to head back to the drawing board to come up with some more ideas. Odds are, trying to reserve a name that is already taken won’t be approved.

That is really for your own safety, as there are often laws protecting the company already using the name. Therefore, using the same name, or something similar, can land you in hot water.

If your name is similar to another business and you feel strongly against using a different name, then you may be able to contact that business and come to an agreement that requires fewer changes on your part. However, this certainly isn’t always going to be an option.


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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