Ohio Business Name Search

Getting Started

Before searching the Ohio Business Name Database, you can save time by making sure your business name is unique and distinguishable from other existing business entities within the Ohio business name database. We suggest coming with a few name ideas in-mind incase any are unavailable, you can also download the full Ohio 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 business name availability via the Ohio Secretary of State online form. Just enter a word or a phrase that you’re interested in to get suggestions. The search form also allows you to filter the entries by those that have an active registration, expired or cancelled Ohio business name registrations.

The portal also has a trademark search option you can use to come up with an even more relevant name choice for your business.

Ohio Secretary of State Office


Phone: (614) 466-2655

Email: Email the business services division here

Hours: 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday

Frequently Asked Questions

You can register your business name via the Ohio Secretary of State website.

Useful information:

– To complete the process and file all of the required forms, you will need to create an online account.

– If you are not prepared to go through with the business entity establishment, you can reserve the business name you want online.

– There is a first-time registration fee of 39 dollars, a fictitious name registration fee of 25 dollars and a name reservation fee of 39 dollars.

To register your business name, you’ll need to prepare various documents and complete a few essential steps:

– Download and fill all of the required documents here.

– Pay the fee that corresponds to your type of registration or renewal.

– Create an Ohio Business Central account to complete the entire filing process online (also beneficial because you can do renewals and license updates from your account).

-You will also need an employer identification number (EIN), an open bank account, licenses and permits pertaining to the specific industry you plan to operate in.

If you still have questions or you’re not capable of completing the online business name registration process, you can call the Ohio Secretary of State hotline for additional assistance at (877) SOS-FILE.

A name that has already been registered and is in use cannot be registered a second time. This is why you have to do a business entity search in the Ohio Secretary of State database to make sure that the title you want hasn’t been legally taken by somebody else.

If you’re worried that someone is going to take your name while you’re handling business incorporation, you can have that title reserved for a short period of time.

An Ohio business name should not infringe on local and out of Ohio trademarks. Double check trademark registrations to keep yourself from getting into legal trouble.

It would be best to modify your idea if you worry about being sued by somebody else. There are dozens of possibilities to explore and consider before registering your Ohio business name.

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