In most states, the website of the state business filing agency includes an online entity name check tool. You can use the online tool to search business names and find out whether another business is already using the name you have chosen.
Where can I check if a business name is taken for free?
Registering Your Business Name
Use the USPTO’s free trademark database and to get yours registered. Simply go to http://www.uspto.gov/main/trademarks.htm and click “Search.” Then follow the instructions you see on the screen.
How do I check if an LLC name is available?
How to Check Name Availability
- Step one: Go to the online business services page.
- Step two: Click on the type of business structure you plan to form.
- Step three: Depending on your answer, you may need to respond to additional questions.
- Step four: Simply type the business name you wish to use in the search box.
How do I check if a name is registered?
You can search for federally registered trademarks by using the free trademark database on the USPTO’s website. To start, go to the USPTO’s Trademark Electronic Business Center at http://www.uspto.gov/main/trademarks.htm and choose “Search.” Then follow the instructions you see on the screen.
How do you find out if a business is registered with the IRS?
Contact the Internal Revenue Service to apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). As part of that process, you’ll provide the name you want to use. The IRS representative who processes your application will check their records to be sure your chosen business name is available.
How do you claim a business name?
Registering a trademark for a company name is pretty straightforward. Many businesses can file an application online in less than 90 minutes, without a lawyer’s help. The simplest way to register is on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Web site, www.uspto.gov.
Can I view my IRS business account online?
You can access your federal tax account through a secure login at IRS.gov/account. Once in your account, you can view the amount you owe along with details of your balance, view 18 months of payment history, access Get Transcript, and view key information from your current year tax return.
Is an EIN public record?
Your employer identification number (EIN), or FEIN, allows you to do business and report financial information to the Internal Revenue Service. However, an EIN number is a public record, making your company vulnerable to people who care less about your business.