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

The Business Entities of the Secretary of State of Idaho is the department in charge of registering and keeping records of business entities in the state. Any business entity, like Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Companies or Limited Partnerships, filed with the Idaho Secretary of State, will have their information recorded in the Business Entities database. The database can be accessed using the department’s online search tool.

The online database is an important tool 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 name be requested that is already registered.

To make the search easy for you, we have illustrated the steps below:

Step 1 – Go to the Idaho Secretary of State’s website.  (See the screenshots below for reference).

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 ” Lawn Boy”

As you can see from the screenshot below the name Lawn Boy 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 of the existing LLC you can find details including:

  • Type of Business (Corporation, Limited Liability Company, etc)
  • Status (Active – Good Standing means the entity is current with the state, other results indicate the business may not be in existence)
  • Formed In (If the result is Idaho this means the entity is a domestic entity.  An out of state result means it is a foreign entity)
  • Principal Address (PO Boxes are not allowed)
  • Mailing Address
  • Initial Filing Date
  • Annual Report Due Date
  • Idaho Registered Agent Information

From this screen, you are able to view the Annual Report filings.  You may also request a certificate of existence for a small fee.

If your search comes back with no results, it is likely the LLC name you want to use is available.

Secretary of State Contact Information

450 N. 4th Street
Boise, ID 83702

(208) 334-2301
business@sos.idaho.gov