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Before forming an LLC in Kansas, a unique business name has to be found. See how to find if the LLC name you want is available to register.
The Business Services Filing Center maintains records of all the business entities which are registered with the Secretary of State of Kansas. However, the Kansas Secretary of State doesn’t register fictitious names, sole proprietorships, trademarks or trade names.
Entities registered and recorded in the Center include Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Companies, Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships.
The Kansas Secretary of State facilitates an online tool where users can search for business entities registered with the Secretary of State of Kansas. This online database is an important when forming an LLC as every LLC in the state must have a unique name. By using the database, you can save considerable time as LLC paperwork will be returned should a name be requested that is already registered.
Below is our easy-to-read guideline to help you with your search for available LLC names in Kansas.
Step 1. Visit the Kansas Secretary of State’s website to begin your search. You will be taken to the Business Entity Search Station (the page looks like the screenshot below). Click on “Name Availability.”
Step 2. Next, enter the name of the LLC you want to register in the “Is the Name Available?” field. In this example, we will search for
If your search returns a message that the name “is not available”, you will have to search again. If your search shows “is available” then your LLC name is available to register.
If you are interested in finding more information about an entity, go back to the initial page and select “Business Entity Database”, enter the name of the business and you can find more information about the entity. Available information includes:
- Entity Name
- Mailing Address
- Entity Type (Corporation, Limited Liability Company, etc)
- Current Status
- Kansas Resident Agent Information
- Business Entity ID Number
- Annual Reports
In addition, a Certificate of Good Standing can be purchased for a small fee of $10.
Secretary of State Contact Information
534 S. Kansas Avenue, Ste. 1210
Topeka, KS 66603-3434
Fax: (785) 296-5563
Toll-free: (800) 4KANSAS (800-452-6727)
Topeka area: (785) 296-5059