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Every LLC in Virginia has to select a unique name before registering.  In addition to LLCs, the Virginia State Corporation Commission has the filing name and registration details of the following types of business entities:

  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Limited Companies
  • Non profit organization
  • Foreign entities

Before forming your Virginia LLC, see the following guidelines on how to verify the name you want is available.

Search by Business Name

Step 1 – Visit the Virginia State Corporation Commission website to search for registered business entities in Virginia. The search page looks similar to the screenshot below.

Step 2 – Type in the business entity name or the business id in the appropriate field.

In this example we will search for “Ninja Cafe”. The screenshot is shown below.

Here you can see that someone is already using that name and will need to search for another. If the name you want is available, a result will be returned that says “Yes, this name is distinguishable on the records of the Commission at this time.

Step 3 – If you want more information about the registered entity, simply click on the link with the name of the business.

Here you can view further details about the entity such as;

  • Business Name
  • Type of Business Entity
  • ID Number
  • Date of Formation
  • Status (Active Good Standing, Inactive, etc)
  • Principal Office Address
  • Virginia Registered Agent Information

Virginia State Corporation Commission Contact Information

Tyler Building, 1st Floor
1300 E. Main St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219

[email protected]