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

The Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations (a division of the Department of State) acts as the recorder of any business entity that is registered with the state. The Department of State is responsible for authorizing and filing business entities such as:

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

Additionally, the Department of State offers the ability to look up fictitious names for sole proprietorships and partnerships.

Using the online searchable database for business entities registered with Pennsylvania, you can search the database of the names of LLCs already registered. It’s important to verify the LLC name you want to use isn’t used by another business as the Department of State won’t allow duplicate names.

Learn how to search registered LLC names in Pennsylvania with the steps below.

Step 1. Visit the Pennsylvania Department of State website to go to the search page for searching business entities registered with the Pennsylvania SOS. The page looks like the screenshot below.

Step 2. In the “Search Business Entity” field, enter the name of the LLC you want to register. In this example, we will search for the business name, “Muscle Melt”

In this example, the name Muscle Melt LLC is already used by another business. When doing your LLC name search, you may come across another business with the same name. Be sure to look and see if the status is listed as “Active”. Active results mean the LLC in in good standing with the state. An inactive or dissolved status means the name may be available.

The full results of a name search unearth some detailed information about a business. In this search, we can learn:

  • Entity Name
  • Entity Number
  • Business Type (Corporation, Limited Liability Company, etc)
  • Status (Active, Good Standing, Inactive, Dissolved, etc)
  • Entity Creation Date
  • Effective Date
  • Principal Business Address
  • Officer / Board of Director / Member Information
  • Pennsylvania Registered Office Information

If your search result returns the message, “No results found for search term” the name you want to use should be available.

Department of State Contact Information

206 North Office Building,
401 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Corporations Phone: (717) 787-1057
Corporations Fax: (717) 783-2244
Email: RA-CORPS@pa.gov

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