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Before forming an LLC in Kentucky, 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 Division of the Kentucky Secretary of State registers and records all business entities registered with the state. Any information you want regarding the formation and status of any registered business entity in the state can be found in the database of the Division. Entities whose information you can access include Corporations, Limited Liability Companies and Limited Partnerships.
The online search database provided by the Kentucky Secretary of State lets you search through the Division’s database for details on registered business entities in the state. The database is an important tool 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.
Read our simplified step-by-step guideline below to make the name search easier:
Step 1. Click to visit the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website to go to the Search Page (it will look similar to the screenshot below).
Step 2. Enter the name of the LLC you want to register in the search field. In this example, we will search for “Pool Doctor”
As you can see from the screenshot below the name Pool Doctor is an LLC that is already active and in good standing in the state. This means the name can’t be registered by anyone else.
You are able to find more information about the LLC with information such as:
- Organization number
- Entity Name
- Profit of Non-Profit
- Company Type (domestic or foreign entity and corporation or Limited Liability Company)
- Good Standing
- Filing Date
- Date the last Annual Report was received
- Principal Office
- Kentucky Registered Agent Information
In addition the company’s Annual Reports and Articles of Organization (LLC) and Articles of Incorporation (Corp) are available to download.
*The Division allows you to form new entities online, or file online reports (if you already own an existing entity.
If you search came back with the message “No matches”, the LLC name you want is likely available.
Secretary of State Contact Information
700 Capital Ave., Ste. 152
Frankfort, KY 40601
P: (502) 564-3490
F: (502) 564-5687