Colorado Business Name Search

How to check if the desired LLC name is available for use

To determine if your chosen LLC name is available, you can perform a Colorado entity search by using the state’s online database . You can search the Colorado Secretary of State’s business database in these ways:

  • Name
  • Trade name
  • Trademark
  • Identification number
  • Document number

An advanced search can be used to reduce the number of results. This is especially useful when you want to verify that the business name you are interested in is still available. Advanced searches allow you to view all the information on the businesses that are available. You won’t have the ability to register any business that looks similar to your chosen LLC. Instead, you will need to create a new one.

The status of the business will be displayed in the search function. While it may seem like the business is gone, some statuses don’t necessarily mean that the name is available for sale. To avoid any legal problems with other companies, you should still choose an LLC name.

Enter your preferred LLC name when searching the Colorado state database. It doesn’t matter if you capitalize words, because the search will return all results. Your preferred LLC name should be entered next to the “Business Name, Trademark, or Trade Name” section of the website.

After you’ve performed a search, the database will provide a list with entities that have similar names. Click on the names to get more information. These are the contents of the information:

  • The ID number of the entity
  • Name
  • Document number
  • Event
  • Status
  • Form
  • Formation date

Once the website has generated search results for your page you can click on the ID number to view all information about the entity. Other functions will be available, such as the ability to purchase a Certificate of Good Standing. To get the most information, perform an advanced searching.

You can try again searching with more specific keywords if you get overwhelmed by the number of results. You can search for as many names as you like without being charged. This search is essential before you form your LLC. To ensure that there are no conflicts with your business, take plenty of time for the search.

Contact information for Colorado

  • Searching for Colorado businesses is done through the  Colorado Secretary of State site
  • Select the “Name Availability Search” filter on the homepage and lookup the desired business name.
  • File for a new business entity through the Colorado Secretary of State website
  • Contact the Colorado Secretary Of State by calling 303-894-2200 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Mountain Time. You can also email business@sos.state.co.us to get a quick reply.

Requirements and restrictions in Forming an LLC name

Each LLC name must contain the words “Limited Liability Company” at least once, even if it means adding the abbreviation L.L.C. or L.L.C. to the end. If you want to start a landscaping company and use the name Fred’s Landscaping, LLC, you must file the paperwork. However, the LLC name cannot imply that it is a corporation. You should not use the words “corporation,” “corp.,” “inc.,” or “incorporated” in your LLC name.

Your LLC name must be distinct from other entities. To make your LLC name unique, you can’t simply modify an existing business name’s grammar or punctuation, such as the plural or possessive forms of words, to make it your own. If you choose to call your business Acme Farm, LLC, but Acme Farms LLC is the search result, your preferred name cannot be used. Also, you can’t use words such as “and”, “or”, “&,”, or add extra punctuation. Your LLC name cannot be misleadingly similar to another.

Tips to Form an LLC Name

Your LLC name should be unique and not similar to any other Colorado entity. These tips can help you:

  • Make it easy to spell the name
  • Keep your names short and easy to remember
  • Select a name that has positive connotations

What is a DBA?

You may have come across the term DBA when establishing your company. This stands for “doing Business as” and indicates that the company uses a secondary Colorado name. You will need to file a DBA to allow you to use the secondary name. This is also known as a tradename. If you intend to operate under a different business name than the owner of the company, open accounts under a tradename or prevent trademark infringement, you may need a DBA.

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