California Secretary of State Name Availability Search

Search the California Secretary of State for a business name for all types including corporations, limited liability companies (LLC), and partnerships. If the individual is seeking written confirmation from the Secretary about the validity of a name they may file the Inquiry Letter with the State.

How to Search

Step 1 – Go to This WebPage and first decide which type of name you are looking for: corporation, limited liability company (LLC), or a limited partnership (LP). After you have decided click on the appropriate button.



Step 2 – After you have chosen the type of entity you want to see that is available you can enter the desired name into the blank field next to ‘Entity Name or Number’. Once you have typed it in click the ‘Search’ button to see what possible matches are already in the database.


Step 3 – On the next page, or the results page, you will be able to view any and all closely matching names. If there are none then you are in good shape as it usually means that there is nothing registered at the State level under that specific name.

Name Reservation

If the individual is looking to reserve a name after looking up a desired name they may do by filing the Name Reservation Request Form along with a check for $10 and a self-addressed envelope to the following address:

Secretary of State, Name Availability Unit, 1500 11th Street, 3rd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814

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