Are you looking for an Alabama business name? It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to start a business or just want to learn more about the Alabama LLC process.
This article will give you step-by-step instructions for how to search the AL Secretary Of State website for an Alabama LLC.
How to Search for an Alabama LLC Name Availability
Searching for a business name in Alabama is easy with multiple options available from the Alabama Secretary of State. To get started, navigate to the Business Entity Records page of the Secretary of State.
Click the “Entity name” link if you are interested in name availability. Enter your name on the next page, and hit “Search.” to see if any results appear. If the name is already in use, you can go back to the drawing board. You might also reconsider your decision if you find deceptively similar names. If the search returns no results, it’s okay! You can reserve the name of your business.
However, searching by entity name is not the only way to locate a particular business. Let’s suppose you don’t know the exact name. You don’t have to search for the exact name.
- Entity ID
- Incorporator, Agent, or Officer Name
- Year and Month of Formation
- Formation Date
- Reservation ID
These options are great because you can find a business even if you have only a small amount of information. All of these searches will yield the same business data. To access the following information, click on the Entity ID number of a company when you view your search results:
- Entity ID
- Type of entity
- Principal Address
- Principal Mailing Address
- The Place of Formation
- Formation Date
- Name of the Registered Agent
- Street Address of Registered Office
- Registered Office Mailing Address
- Nature of Business
- Capital Authorized
- Capital Paid In
- Organizer/Incorporator Name, Street, and Mailing Address
- Scanned documents
If you are simply checking to verify that your name is not in use, this information will suffice. If you require additional information about a business, it is available to you.
There are many reasons to search for an LLC name
Although checking for Alabama LLC name availability is the most popular reason to search, it’s not the only reason. These are just a few of the reasons to search for a name.
1) Searching for similar names
Potential customers shouldn’t confuse you with another company, even if it is a competitor. Although your proposed name may be available, there might be other businesses with similar names. This could be a reason to change your name if you don’t want your LLC mixed up with other companies.
2) Verify Your Business Status
After you have filed the Certificate Of Formation and created your Alabama LLC you can check its status periodically by searching for your name. This will confirm that your business is in good standing with the state. It also provides your entity ID number which is required for certain filings.
3) Information about the Registered Agent and the Office
You might have to send a business process. You might also want to become a partner with them. You’ll need their Alabama registered agents name, and their office address. This information is easily accessible through a name search.
4) Maintaining current business information
You will need to verify the information the Secretary of State has in order to modify your LLC’s information, such as changing the registered agent or the principal address to a member. This can be done by a name search.
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Andy has over 12 years of consulting experience and is a pro at creating and managing profitable businesses. He has experience working with several LLCs and Registered Agent services and has a degree in business management. He has assisted clients in achieving their objectives.
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