Through this website, you can search for information about companies, limited liability companies and limited companies. One of the first steps to take when starting a company in California is to conduct a search for companies in California. The California Secretary of State maintains an organized registry of California business entities that exist or have been dissolved. The database is free to use and makes it easy to search for existing companies or to query an available business name.
To search for a DBA that already exists, members of the public can use the California Secretary of State's business search function, as described above. If you run a corporation, limited liability company, or limited company, your DBA name may be adopted as long as it is not the same or too similar to a name in the California Secretary of State's records within the same category or business. The California Secretary of State business search is available on the government website, or you can perform a search on a local government website. You can search for California business licenses on the Secretary of State's website if it appears as an LLC, corporation, or partnership.
If you know the exact name of a California business entity, you can search for it in its entirety. A DBA (doing business as), or trade name, is a fictitious business name that companies operate outside of the LLC's formal name. Instead of relying only on the word of a company, you can use a California business license search. If the company filed a Fictitious Business Name Statement with the Los Angeles County Office of Record and Record, you can obtain a copy.
You can also perform a California Secretary of State business search above by entering a license number, individual name, or company name and selecting a state. You can also search for California business licenses by name, company, or license number at the top of this page. In addition to providing a search for business licenses from the state of California, you can also search for licenses in other states. The Governor of CalGold's Office of Business and Economic Development is responsible for helping you find the right permit for your business.
In the State of California, copies of business entity documents are available free of charge on the Secretary of State's company search website. Businesses can send a full name availability inquiry letter to the California Secretary of State to verify name availability. When selecting a California business name, it's important to understand the different naming requirements for each type of entity.