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

The Business Corporation registry is maintained by the Business Services division of the South Dakota Secretary of State. Along with filing and registering of business entities and corporate in the state, it also keeps records of every entity that is registered with the Secretary of State.

The database has information regarding the following types of entities in the state:

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

To search available LLC names in South Dakota, follow the following steps.

Step 1 – Visit the South Dakota Secretary of State website, Business Information Search page to begin your search search. Enter the name you would like to register in the “Search Name” field.

Step 2 – In this example we will search for the business name “Flex Gym”. It turns out this name is in use and the results are below.

The full results show details of the business entity including:

  • Business ID
  • Entity Name
  • Status (Active, Dissolved, etc)
  • State of Formation
  • Term of Duration
  • Principal Office Address
  • Initial Filing Date
  • South Dakota Registered Agent Information

Additionally, on this page some documents can be downloaded such as the Articles of Incorporation (Corporation), Articles of Organization (Limited Liability Company) and more.  For a small fee, a Certificate of Good Standing can be ordered.

If search results come back with “No Records Found…”, the LLC name should be available.

Secretary of State Contact Information

215 E. Prospect Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

605.773.4845
corpinfo@state.sd.us