Nebraska Business Name Search

Getting Started

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

Generate Business Name Ideas

Search business name availability

Contacting the local Secretary of State (SOS) office via Phone or Email is free and is the most reliable way to check your business name availability.

Online, you can search for Nebraska businesses entities for free via the Official Nebraska Government website. Simply select your search options and enter your criteria into the “Name” field. You can access the official SOS database (click here to visit).

You can request records by entity type, date registered or incorporated, keyword(s) in the name, and/or location. Records search for registered agents in a specific location are also available. Data files are provided for immediate download in CSV format, and you can receive 1,000 records for $15.

Nebraska Secretary of State Office

Phone: (402) 471-2554


Hours: 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday

Frequently Asked Questions

To start a new business in Nebraska, you may need to register with the Nebraska Department of Revenue. Registration is required if you will have employees, intend to engage in retail sales, renting/leasing tangible personal property, or will be providing services which are subject to sales tax.

Nebraska One-Stop Business makes it easy for you to register your business name and to help in navigating the process of setting up a new business. It is designed to help create your business entity by:
– Asking you pertinent questions about your business
– Identifying necessary forms to be filed with appropriate State agencies
– Providing you with help links and contacts throughout the process

The site will provide you with a questionnaire that can be answered in order to build a check list of all the necessary tasks that must be completed in order to register a business.

Once you reach out to check on the availability of your business name, the Secretary of State’s office will acknowledge in writing back to you; however, verification of name availability is merely a complimentary, courtesy service we provide, it is not a guarantee of acceptance of the name for filing.

Only after a corporate filing is submitted to the office, is the final decision made by the Secretary of State’s staff that the name is, in fact, available.

Depending on the choice of entity, you will need to file certain formation documents with the Secretary of State’s Office. There is not a general business license in Nebraska. Following is a brief overview of each entity and the documents you would need to file with the office:

To check pre-existing name availability, you must submit a written request to the Secretary of State’s office by e-mail, fax (402) 471-3666, or mail P.O. Box 94608, Lincoln, NE 68509-4608.

Names cannot be the same as another name on record. If a name is deemed to be unavailable due to similarity with an existing registered name, obtaining permission to use the name from the owner may be an option.

If you’re 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