Jon Morgan
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Last updated: August 29, 2023

You can conduct a limited liability company name search online if you want to verify the availability of your intended business in New Jersey. If you simply want to find a specific company, service or product, it can be accomplished the same way.

As an experienced business consultant for limited liability companies in various states and comprehensive research on the topic, I’ll provide you with all the necessary information you need about searching for a business name in New Jersey.

I collaborated with our team of legal advisors and lawyers to maintain accurate legal information.

Quick Summary

  • To look up an LLC in New Jersey, you can visit the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services (DORES) or use the Secretary of State portal to access information for a corresponding fee.
  • You can search by business name, keyword or entity ID number.
  • The state of New Jersey imposes naming guidelines when choosing a name for an LLC.

How Do I Look Up an LLC in New Jersey?

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If you need to look up an LLC in New Jersey, you can access the online business search tool provided by the state. The portal includes two applications: search by existing businesses or business name availability.

The New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services (DORES) is responsible for registering and certifying all business entities in New Jersey.

Depending on the purpose of your inquiry, you may either search for existing businesses or confirm business name availability [1].

To search for a business, follow these steps:

  1. Access the DORES website and navigate to the Business Entity Search tool.
  2. Provide the basic information about the LLC you are searching for.
  3. Submit the information to initiate the name search.
  4. Retrieve important information about the LLC.
  5. If needed, contact the DORES directly to request copies of specific filings and documents.

To confirm if your preferred name is available, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the DORES business entity search tool and navigate to the ‘search for available names’ option.
  2. Enter your desired business name and click “search.”
  3. The webpage will either display if your name search was successful or not.
  4. If the name is available, you can proceed with registering your LLC company under that name.

New Jersey Search Options

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Now that you know how to search for business entities in New Jersey, these are the available search options.

1. Business Name

The simplest option is to search the entity by name. The result will display the company that matches your search.

2. Keyword

If you are unsure of the name, you can type in a keyword that would initiate a search for a company similar to or close to the entity you are looking for.

3. Business ID Number

If you have the business ID number of the company, simply type it in and show the business entity you are searching for.

If you want more detailed information, you may want to consider using the New Jersey Secretary of State Business Portal [2]. This portal provides access to more detailed filings and business documents.

Take note that the New Jersey Business Portal is a paid online service.

With this portal, you will have access to:

Information for New Jersey LLC Lookup

Now you know how to find an entity ID in New Jersey using DORES or the New Jersey Secretary of State website for the business name availability search.

Let's take a closer look at the information you will gain access to:

  • The business name of the LLC
  • The address of the LLC
  • The date of formation of the LLC
  • The agent for the LLC
  • The members of the LLC

This information will help you to understand more about how the LLC is structured and operated.

With this information, you can make informed decisions about whether or not to do new business with an LLC.

LLC Naming Guidelines for New Jersey

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There are LLC naming guidelines for New Jersey that have to be adhered to for your business name to be approved and registered.

The business name of your LLC must include the phrase "Limited Liability Company" or "LLC."

The business name of your LLC cannot be similar to the name of another business entity ID in New Jersey.

Avoid using words that imply an association with any government agency. Do not use the words “Treasury,” “Federal,” “New Jersey Police” or “FDA” in your LLC name.

After looking up an LLC and completing business registration, you can officially conduct business in the state.


Do I Need To File Annual Reports With the DORES?

You need to file annual reports with the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services, under the Department of Treasury.

Where Can I Find Information About Forming an LLC in New Jersey?

You can find information about forming an LLC in New Jersey on the DORES website. You can also contact the DORES directly to speak with a customer service representative.

Starting an LLC in New Jersey is a simple process that can be completed online. All you need to do is establish a business name, gather the required information, file the necessary documents, and pay the filing fee.

Once your LLC is formed, you will need to comply with annual reporting requirements and maintain good standing with the DORES.

If you have any questions about forming an LLC in New Jersey, feel free to contact us. We would be more than happy to help you through the process!



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