Washington Business Name Search

Getting Started

A large part of this is having a name that is purely your own. As you’re coming up with names, you will need to be able to make sure that the name you choose is available. To aid you in that endeavor, we’re taking a look at how you can search through business entity names and get started with reserving your own  business name.

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You have a couple of options when it comes to searching through the business names. To begin with, you can easily do a quick name search using the Corporation Search feature. This is a simple way to look through the names you are interested in and gain a basic idea as to whether or not they may be available.

If you want a deeper look, you can also use the Washington State Digital Archives to do your search. Using this page, you can search by name, keyword or even look through the available collections.

For those who have questions about the process, or want to go beyond the online searches, you can also call or email the Secretary of State office.

Washington Secretary of State Office


Phone: (360) 725-0377

Email: corps@sos.wa.gov

Hours: 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday

Frequently Asked Questions

Through the Washington Secretary of State site, you’ll be able to easily locate all of the forms you need for getting your business rolling. One of these is the Name Reservation form, which allows you to easily print and go.

While you’re going through the name reservation process, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind:

– The fee for your business name reservation is typically $30, though it is $20 for nonprofit organizations.

– You can opt to add $50 to the fee for the sake of having it processed faster.

– When approved, your name will be reserved for 180 days.

As you’re filling in the name reservation form, you’ll need the following pieces of information:

– The name or names you wish to reserve.

– The type of business you’re reserving the name for.

– Name and address of both the applicant and client, if they are separate people.

– A check or money order to cover the fee.


(Source: State of Washington Name Reservation Form)

Coming up with a business name can become a bit frustrating when you keep finding that the names you like aren’t available. However, it’s important to stick with it and keep looking for an available name that suits your business perfectly.

When you’re running into problems finding available names, you can head back to the drawing board to come up with more options. Another option you have is to contact the SOS business department to discuss other options you may have. They may be able to help you with creating a name closer to your ideal while still obeying the guidelines.

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.

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