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Before forming an LLC in Massachusetts, a unique business name has to be found. See how to find if the LLC name you want is available to register.

The Massachusetts State Corporation Registry acts as the recorder of all the corporate entities that are registered with the Secretary of State of Massachusetts. The corporate database is a storehouse of the documents and filings of business entities that are incorporated in the state. The registry holds records of the following types of entities in the state:

  • Corporation
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Limited Companies

The online business entity database search tool is 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.

Read on the guidelines below to take out the best from your name search.

Step 1. Visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website to begin your search. The page which appears looks similar to the screenshot below.


Step 2. Select the “Search by entity name” field and enter the name of the LLC you want to use.

In this example, we will search whether the name “Muscle not Meat” is available to register.

As we can see from the screenshot above, the name “Muscle not Meat” is already being used by another LLC and isn’t available to register.

Looking at the full record details, we can get further details on the LLC like:

  • Identification number
  • Business Name
  • Entity Type (Corporation, Limited Liability Company)
  • Date of Organization
  • Principal Office Address
  • Massachusetts Registered Agent Information
  • Officers / Board of Directors

Additionally, you can also request a Certificate of Good Standing, Legal Existence, Dissolution or Merger for a small fee by clicking on the request Certificate button.  You can also look up copies of information such as the Articles of Organization (Limited Liability Company), Articles of Incorporation (Corporation), Annual Reports, etc.

If the search result returns the message “No records found; try a new search using different criteria” the LLC name you want to register is likely available.

Contact Information

Secretary of the Commonwealth
Corporations Division
McCormack Building
One Ashburton Place, 17th floor
Boston, MA 02108

617-727-9640
Fax: 617-742-4538
Email: corpinfo@sec.state.ma.us

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