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

The Business registry of the Montana Secretary of State is the record keeper of the entities or corporate that is incorporated with the Secretary of State of Montana. The business registry can be accessed by the public through the online search tool and searches information for registered entities like Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Partnerships and Limited Companies have their information rooted to the registry.

The online business entity 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 similar name be requested.

We have tried to assist you in your search by giving a detailed guideline about the same illustrated by suitable images.

Step 1. Visit the Missouri Secretary of State’s website and it will take you to the search page for searching a registered entity with the Montana Secretary of State. The page looks similar to the one below.


Step 2. Enter the name of the LLC you want to register in the “Search your business” field. In this example we will search for “Muscle Shark”

As you can see from the screenshot below the name Muscle Shark is an LLC that is active and in good standing in the state. This means the name can’t be registered by anyone else.

Looking at the result, we are able to find information about the LLC including:

  • Legal Name
  • Entity Status (Active Good Standing, Dissolved, Inactive, etc)
  • Business Identifier
  • Entity Type (Corporation, Limited Liability Company, etc) and (Domestic (in-state) and Foreign Entity (out-of-state)
  • Formation Date
  • Date last Annual Report was filed
  • Montana Registered Agent Information
  • Principal Office Address

Additionally from this page, you can order a Certificate of Existence or Certificate of Fact for a small fee.

If you search comes back with the message “No results found. Please check your spelling”, the LLC name you want to use is likely available.

Secretary of State Contact Information

P.O. Box 202801
Helena, MT 59620-2801

(406) 444-3665
sosbusiness@mt.gov

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