How to Check Corporation Name Availability in New York

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Before you form a corporation, you’ll need to complete a business name search with the New York Corporation and Business Entity Database tool to check if your corporation name is available.

We'll show you how to check corporation name availability in New York in this guide.

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New York Corporation Name Search

The New York Department of State requires all business names to be distinguishable from other business entities in the state. So, you’ll want to search and make sure no other businesses in the state are already using your name.

It is also useful to see if your corporation name is available as a web domain (URL).

SKIP AHEAD:

  1. How to Register a Corporation Name in New York
  2. New York Corporation Name Requirements
  3. New York Corporation Name Search FAQ

How to Search Available New York Corporation Names

Once you know your corporation name meets New York business name guidelines, make sure it’s available by using the New York Corporation and Business Entity Database tool.

Want to learn more about corporations? Check out our What Is a Corporation guide to get started.

How to Check Available Domain Names

When deciding on a name for your corporation, you should make sure that a similar or exact domain name is available. A matching URL will help potential customers find your corporation faster.

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How to Register a Corporation Name in New York

Register Your Name

A corporation name is officially registered when you file your New York Certificate of Incorporation. You can hire a professional service to form a corporation for you or start a corporation yourself.

Ready to register your corporation name? Use our Form a Corporation guide to get started.

If you want to register a DBA in New York, known as an assumed name, that’s a separate process that requires filing a separate form with the Department of State.

Reserve Your Name

While not required, you have the option to reserve your corporation name in New York for up to 60 days before you register it. This prevents other businesses from registering your name until you are ready to register it yourself. 

Name reservations can be filed via hard copy with the New York Department of State. The filing fee is $20.

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New York Corporation Name Requirements

Key Guidelines

New York has official requirements for its corporation names.

The name must contain the word “corporation,” “incorporated,” or “limited” or an abbreviation of one of these terms.

There are also restricted words, such as “FBI” or “Treasury,” that you cannot use in order to keep your LLC from sounding like an official institution. 

The New York Department of State has created a list of prohibited or restricted words for state business entities to follow. Additionally, New York corporation names cannot contain any word, phrase, or abbreviation that is indecent or obscene or that ridicules or degrades any person, group, belief, business, or agency of government.

For more information, check out the New York state statute on corporation names.

Distinguishability

Your name must be distinguishable from all other New York business names. In New York, a distinguishable name is one that is substantively different from all other existing or reserved business names in the state.

If your corporation name isn’t distinguishable, your Certificate of Incorporation filing will likely be rejected.

What if my corporation name is already taken? Our AI-powered corporation name generator will give you thousands of new ideas. 

For a list of brainstorming tips, check out our guide to naming your business.

New York Corporation Name Search FAQ

How do I check if a corporation name is taken in New York?

You can use the New York Corporation and Business Entity Database tool to see if your business name is available.

Learn more about business entity name availability in the New York Corporation Name Search section.

Should I name my corporation after myself?

While there’s no rule against naming a corporation after yourself, most experts advise against doing this. 

One of the benefits of starting a corporation is the ability to choose a different name for your business, which can make it sound more professional.

To explore other naming options, use our free AI-powered business name generator.

What words can’t be used in a New York corporation name?

Business names generally can’t include words that imply the company is a banking or financial institution or that it’s affiliated with a local, state, or federal government agency.

Additionally, New York has a long list of prohibited or restricted words for domestic business entities to reference.

Learn more about corporation naming requirements in the New York Corporation Name Requirements section.

Should I use a business name generator?

If you’re having trouble choosing a name for your corporation, a corporation name generator can help you come up with some ideas.

Do I have to include ‘corporation’ in my name?

New York corporation names must contain the word “corporation,” “incorporated,” or “limited” or an abbreviation of one of these terms.s.

Learn more about corporation naming requirements in the New York Corporation Name Requirements section.

Do I need to renew my business name in New York?

New York doesn't require corporations to renew their legal name or assumed name.

Can my business name be different from my corporation name in New York?

Some companies choose to operate under a name that’s different from their legal name. This can either be called a “doing business as” (DBA) name or an assumed name in New York. 

In New York, assumed names for corporations are filed with the Department of State.

Learn more about assumed names with our New York DBA guide.

Does my corporation need a DBA name?

Your corporation doesn’t need a DBA name unless it plans to do business under a name other than its legal name. Learn more with our New York DBA guide.