South Carolina Business Name Search

Getting Started

A unique name helps your business to stand out when compared to others that may offer similar products or services. It also gives customers an easy way to return to you when they have a great experience. Naturally, you want repeat business, and a memorable, unique name is a great way to help that happen.

This also means keeping laws in mind as well as what other businesses may already exist with names that are similar to what you want. It’s a good idea to come up with multiple name ideas so that you can have better chances for finding a unique option.

Below, we’ll guide you through searching the Secretary of State database to seek out available names as well as how to get started with reserving your business name.

Generate Business Name Ideas

Search business name availability

Searching through the available business names doesn’t have to be difficult! By using the South Carolina Business Name Search page, you can simply type in your desired name and it will pull up results that include all, or some part, or your name. These searches are free, so you can search as many times as you may need to.

The results page will let you know clearly whether or not your name of choice is available, and provide a list of companies using similar names. This makes the process extremely easy. However, if you want a deeper search, or have questions then you can also call or email the Secretary of State office.

South Carolina Secretary of State Office


Phone: (803) 734-2158

Email: Contact Form Provided

Hours: 8:30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When you’re getting started, you’ll likely need to reserve your name to make sure it isn’t taken while you work on the rest of the business registration. For those who favor efficiency and ease, this can easily be done through the File Online pages.

– The fee for reserving a business name is $25.00

– You will still need to register your business name after reserving it. Reserving it just gives you more time to get through the registration paperwork

– If you prefer to use paper forms, you can find them alongside the option to file online using the Downloadable Paper Forms page.

As you’re going through the paperwork to reserve your business name, there are some key pieces of information you’re going to need. Luckily, the reservation of name application is one of the simpler documents out there.

You’ll need the following information for this form:

– The name you want to reserve

– The name and address of the applicant

– The date, and the signature of the applicant.

There may be different applications needed for different business types, so make sure to choose the one that matches your needs.

(Source: State Of South Carolina Secretary Of State Application To Reserve A Limited Liability Company Name )

As you’re searching through the business names, you’re likely to find that at least one of the options you’ve come up with is already taken. After all, there are so many businesses out there!

Because of this, having multiple names available is a great idea. That way, you can simply go with one of your backup choices if your ideal name is unavailable.

Another option you have is to contact the South Carolina Secretary of State office in order to learn about what other choices you may have.

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).

Matija Kolaric

Amazing content is the core of what we do. With more than 5 years of experience in branding, name development, and business, Matija helps create and manage content production.

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