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

The Corporations Division of the Corporations, Securities, & Commercial Licensing Bureau under the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs deals with the filing and authorizing of entities in the state. The registry maintained by the Division records information of the following entities:

  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Companies
  • Limited Liability Partnerships

The online search tool for finding registered business entities in Michigan has proved to be very helpful when forming a new LLC. Every LLC in the state must have a unique name and by using the database, you can save considerable time as LLC paperwork will be returned should a name be requested that is already registered.

Here, we present a detailed guideline on how to search the database for available LLC names.

Step 1. Visit the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website to begin a search.

Step 2. Enter the name of the LLC you want to register in the search field.

If the name of your LLC comes up as a result it is likely that you can’t register it. You are however able to look at information about the LLC including:

  • ID Number
  • Entity Name
  • Date of formation
  • Business Purpose
  • Montana Resident Agent Information
  • Articles of Incorporation (Corporation) or Articles of Organization (Limited Liability Company)
  • Annual Report / Annual Statement
  • Assumed Names

From this page you can also request a Certificate of Good Standing for a small fee.

Corporations Division Contact Information

Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
2501 Woodlake Circle
Okemos MI 48864-5955

517-241-6470
corpsmail@michigan.gov

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