Alabama Business Name Search

Alabama Company Entity Search

You can perform an Alabama business entity search to find out more about the LLC in your area or if the name you want to use as your LLC’s name is already taken. It can be difficult but there are some simple steps that can help you make the process easier.

Alabama LLC Search and Name Reserving

You can form an LLC to conduct business in Alabama by first checking the availability of the name that you are interested using a name search. While most states do not require that this be done before you can form an LLC, Alabama is one of few exceptions. You can submit a name reservation online. This is usually easier and takes less time. Online approval is available for $28. You can also send the application by mail for $10 approval in one week or $25 approval in three days.

You must be careful when naming an LLC.

  • Your company name should end in LLC/L.L.C.
  • It is illegal to use any type of corporation or incorporation.
  • It must be distinguished from existing company names (differences of grammar or designators do not count).

Name Reservation Online

You can start the process by visiting the Alabama Secretary of State’s website. It’s easy to navigate. These are the steps to follow:

  • Click here to reserve your name
  • Click here to make a reservation
  • Click No-Subscriber
  • Please fill out the necessary information, then click Continue
  • Please include LLC at the end your company name in the New Name Reservation area
  • Type of Reservation: Domestic
  • Type of Entity: LLC
  • Reserve Names Only
  • The requestor is an -individual

After you have completed these steps, agree to the terms and payment of $28. You will receive approval shortly after your submission. Next, select the registered Agent for the LLC and then file the Certificate of Formation.

Alabama’s Restricted Industries

You need to be aware of the requirements for opening a particular type of business in Alabama. The Alabama State Banking Department must approve you before you can use any banking terms in your name. If you are interested in using your name as an insurance agent or policyholder, the Alabama Department of Insurance must approve. The Alabama Board of Engineers & Land Surveyors must verify that your company is licensed to use the name engineer.

You must show proof of your license to be able to hold any professional title. These can include the professions of doctor, veterinarian, attorney and many others.

Alabama Business Entity Search – Corporation, LLC, partnership

Anyone can search the Alabama Secretary-of-State database for any legal entity, including limited partnership, small partnerships or small liability partnerships.

You can view more information about each entity once you have the results. The following are some ways that you might be able to conduct your search.

Search by Name

You can search the Alabama database by name using this link. If you provide additional information, such as the type of entity, place of incorporation, status, and principal address, your search will be more effective. Clicking on a result will give you access to more information, such as the type, ID number, date of formation, and address.

Search by Entity Number (6 Digits).

Alabama assigns a 6-digit entity number to every business. This number is assigned after a business has been registered and formed. You cannot refine your search by using this method as it only returns the business that has the relevant entity number.

Search by Incorporator or Agent

You can use this method to search for businesses by entering the last and first names of people connected to the business. If you know the type and place of business formation, this will help refine your search.

Note: To form an LLC in your state, you can do the filing paperwork yourself or hire an LLC formation service. The average state filing fee to form an LLC in the U.S. is around $100, but this varies by state.
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