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

Every registered entity in North Dakota is filed with the Secretary of State. The database has details of every business entity that is headquartered in North Dakota. The types of entities included in the registry are as follows:

  • Corporations
  • Cooperatives
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Companies
  • Foreign entities

The online registered business search tool of the North Dakota SOS lets you search the database for any business entity that has its incorporation in the state.

This search also allows you to search whether an LLC name is being used by another business. It’s important to search before filing as every LLC must have a unique name in the state. To see how to search available LLC names, view the steps below.

Step 1. Visit the North Dakota Secretary of State’s website to go to the business entity search page which looks similar to the screenshot below.

Step 2. Enter the LLC name you want to use in the “Entity Name” field. In this example we will search for “Muscle Movers”

As you can see, this name is already registered to another business and is not available for anyone else to register.

Reviewing the results of the name search, you can find out;

  • Legal Name of the business
  • Entity Type (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, etc)
  • Status (Active & Good Standing, Inactive, Dissolved, etc)
  • Effective Date
  • Nature of Business
  • Principal Office Address
  • North Dakota Registered Agent Information

If your result comes back with “No entities were found matching your selection criteria” the name may be available to register.

Functionalities :
The Secretary of State of North Dakota is the custodian of the Great Seal of the State. The North Dakota SOS is authorized to authenticate official documents of the state using the seal. He is also in charge of recording the various acts of the governor and distributing copies of legislative resolutions. The North Dakota Secretary of State also regulates elections in the state.

The Secretary of State of North Dakota also records the original bills and resolutions generated from each biennial legislative assembly. The other duties of the North Dakota SOS are those pertaining to the regulation of vehicles, issuance of licences and regulating various government bodies in the state.