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Before forming an LLC in Louisiana, a unique business name has to be found. See how to find if the LLC name you want is available to register.
The business corporation registry of the Louisiana Secretary of State falls under the Commercial Division. The Division is responsible for the registration of business entities in the state and administration of trademark laws.
The Division’s registry has records of all business entities that are registered with the Secretary of State of Louisiana. Records include details of their filing, authorization and status. The registry stores information for the following type of entities:
- Limited Liability Companies
- Limited Liability Partnership
- Limited Liability Partnerships
The registry 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.
Follow our step-by-step guideline below to determine whether your LLC name is available.
Step 1. Visit the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website to go to the Business Entity Search Page (this will look similar to the screenshot below).
Step 2. Enter the name of the LLC you want to register in the “Entity Name” field. In this example we will search for “Muscle Gang”.
As you can see from the screenshot below the name Muscle Gang is an LLC that is active and in good standing in the state. This means the name can’t be registered by anyone else.
We are able to determine additional details about LLC including:
- Business Name
- Charter Number
- Registration Date
- Mailing Address
- Annual Report Status – Good Standing
- Type of Entity (Corporation or Limited Liability Company)
- Louisiana Registered Agent Information
- Officer Information
In addition, on this page, an information certificate, certificate of existence, certificate of good standing and duplicate original certificate can be purchased for a small fee.
If your search result comes back with no records, it is likely the name you want to use is available.
Secretary of State Contact Information
Louisiana Secretary of State
8585 Archives Ave.