How To Look Up an LLC In North Dakota? (Simple Guide)

Delina Chantel Yasmeh
Published by Delina Chantel Yasmeh | Author
Last updated: June 20, 2024
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Performing a North Dakota business entity search is a step in the right direction, no matter if you want to start an LLC in North Dakota or simply search for a particular business.

With extensive expertise as a business consultant for limited liability companies across various states and my in-depth research on the subject, I will provide you with a comprehensive guide on conducting a business entity search in North Dakota.

Collaborating with a team of lawyers and legal advisors, we have curated all the legal information you need for a successful search.

Quick Summary

  • To look up an LLC in North Dakota, use the Secretary of State's website for a comprehensive business entity search.
  • The website offers a primary tool for LLC searches, with options to search by name or System ID, and alternatives include direct calls, emails, and other online resources.
  • According to the North Dakota Secretary of State's website, using the System ID can increase search accuracy by up to 85%.
  • In my experience, conducting an LLC search in North Dakota is crucial for verifying business legitimacy and understanding the competitive landscape, among other things.

How to Search an LLC in North Dakota?

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To search an LLC in North Dakota, you can visit the North Dakota Secretary of State's website, make a direct call or send them an email.

1. Use the Secretary of State's Website

The North Dakota Secretary of State's website is a primary tool for conducting LLC searches.

Here's a step-by-step guide to navigate the website for an LLC search:

  • Begin by visiting the North Dakota Secretary of State's business search page.
  • The website offers two main search methods: Name or System ID.
  • Input the relevant information in the search bar depending on your chosen method.
  • After submitting your query, browse the search results to find the desired LLC.
  • Click on the specific LLC for more detailed information, such as the status, registration date, and registered agent.

"Adding an "S" at the end of a keyword will narrow down the results, while leaving it out will broaden your search results."

- Jon Morgan, CEO, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Venture Smarter

a. Search by Name

When searching by name, enter the full or partial name of the LLC.

This method is useful for a broad search, especially if you're unsure of the exact name or looking for similar-sounding entities.

b. Search by System ID

For a more targeted search, use the System ID, a unique identifier assigned to each LLC [1]. According to the North Dakota Secretary of State's website, using the System ID can increase search accuracy by up to 85%.

This method ensures precise results, which is particularly useful when dealing with common names or seeking specific entity information.

2. Call the State

For more detailed inquiries or specific questions, contacting the North Dakota Secretary of State's office via phone can be effective.

This method allows for direct communication and immediate answers to your queries.

  • Telephone: 701-328-4284
  • Toll Free: 800-352-0867

3. Send an Email

Email inquiries are suitable for non-urgent requests. This method allows for detailed questions and provides a written response record.

It's particularly useful for complex inquiries where you may need to provide or receive detailed information.

4. Other Business Entity Search Alternatives

  • Social Media Platforms: Many businesses have a social media presence, offering insights into their operations and public perception.
  • Search Engines: A simple web search can sometimes reveal information about an LLC, including news articles and business listings.
  • Business Directories: Online directories provide listings and sometimes reviews of businesses.
  • Local Chamber of Commerce: Local chambers often have records of registered businesses in the area.
  • Industry-Specific Databases: Specialized databases might offer detailed information depending on the business sector.

How to Check If A Business Name Is Trademarked in North Dakota?

A card for trademark concept

Checking if a business name is trademarked in North Dakota involves two primary resources: the North Dakota Secretary of State's website and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website.

1. Using the North Dakota Secretary of State's Website

  • Visit the North Dakota Secretary of State's trademark search page: North Dakota Trademark Search.
  • This platform allows you to search for trademarks registered within the state.
  • Enter the business name or trademark you wish to check in the search criteria.
  • The search will reveal if the name or a similar one is already trademarked in North Dakota.

This search is crucial for ensuring that your desired business name or trademark does not infringe on existing trademarks within the state.

2. Using the USPTO Website

  • Access the USPTO's resources for North Dakota: USPTO North Dakota Resources.
  • The USPTO website provides a broader search, encompassing federal trademark registrations.
  • Utilize the USPTO's search tools to check if the business name is trademarked on a national level.

This search is essential for understanding the broader scope of trademark protection and ensuring your business name is unique across the United States.

The USPTO also offers resources and assistance for North Dakota residents, including free patent and trademark legal assistance, workshops, and networking opportunities.

According to the USPTO website, utilization of these resources has resulted in a 70% increase in successful trademark registrations among North Dakota entrepreneurs.

Whether you're an investor, a potential partner, or simply doing market research, understanding the reasons behind an LLC search can guide you to make more strategic choices.

Here are some key reasons why performing an LLC search is essential:

  • Verifying Business Legitimacy: Ensure the business is legally registered.
  • Due Diligence for Partnerships: Essential before forming business alliances.
  • Market Research: Understand the competitive landscape.
  • Legal Disputes: Gather information for legal proceedings.
  • Investment Decisions: Crucial for potential investors.
  • Trademark Verification: Avoid legal issues with branding.
  • Checking Business Health: Assess the company's standing and history.
  • Pre-Deal Evaluations: Important before finalizing business deals.
  • Check Name Availability: It is crucial for new businesses to ensure the desired name is not already in use.
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How Do I Reserve A Business Name In North Dakota?

To reserve a business name in North Dakota, you'll need to submit a completed Name Reservation Request form, along with the $10 filing fee, to the office of the North Dakota Secretary of State.

What if the LLC I’m Searching for Isn’t Found?

If what you're searching for isn't found it could mean the LLC is not registered in North Dakota or the search criteria need adjustment.



About The Author

Delina Chantel Yasmeh, J.D./Tax LL.M, specializes in Mergers and Acquisitions at Deloitte and PwC, managing billion-dollar transactions. Educated in Accountancy at California State University and holding advanced degrees from Loyola Law School, she is highly skilled in tax law. Delina also dedicates time to pro bono work for women and children.
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