Frequently Asked Questions

What does Registered Businesses Search include?

What does Available Names Search include?

Can I include punctuation/symbols in Business Name search?

Are there any words I cannot include while searching for Business Name?

What if I want to include one of the restricted words in Business Name for Available Name Search?

The Name Availability search told me that the Business Name I’ve entered is reserved / I am trying to search for a Business Name that I have reserved. What should I do?

Is there any minimum limit on the length of Business Name that I can search for?

What browsers are supported? How can I update my browser?




What does Registered Businesses Search include?  top

Search for Registered Businesses searches the registered business database for any entity in New Jersey that matches the search criteria. Any business found that matches the search criteria will be returned regardless of status or availability of the name for a new business registration. There are 3 different criteria available to search for registered business:

  1. Business Name

    This is a case-insensitive exact name search with a wild card automatically inserted at the end of search string. Enter as much of the name as you are sure of. You may want to leave ending designators like “Inc.”, “LLC”, etc. out of your search string unless you are sure of the exact format used. For example, “ABC Carpet Cleaning” will return both “ABC Carpet Cleaning & Installation L.L.C” and “ABC Carpet Cleaning, LLC”.
  2. Keywords

    This is a case-insensitive search for the keywords entered (up to 5 allowed). Enter one keyword per field. It looks for business names which contain all the keywords entered anywhere in the registered business names. Use this search if you are not sure of how the business name starts. For example, if you search for keyword “Carpet” and “Cleaning”, the results will include all business names containing carpet and cleaning anywhere in the name including “AAA Carpet Cleaning Inc.” and “AAA-NJ Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning LLC”.
  3. Entity ID

    This is an exact match search for 10-digits Entity ID issued by New Jersey Department of Revenue & Enterprise Services. Partial searches or wildcard searches are not allowed.

What does Available Names Search include?  top

Search for Available Names determines if a business name is available to be used in the Business Formations service to begin the process of forming and registering a new business. This Name Search ignores all capitalization, spaces, punctuation (periods, commas, dashes, apostrophes, ampersand), leading articles (A, AN, THE), trailing ‘s’, as well as the words AND, OR, and OF when searching for similar names. A wildcard is then added at the end of your name for the search to insure all similar names are found.

Can I include punctuation/symbols in Business Name search?  top

While the Business Name Search for Registered Businesses allows use of any special characters, the Search Available Names allows use of only following special characters: . , ‘ - & (Period, comma, apostrophe, dash, and ampersand). All other punctuations, special characters and diacritics (for Example: ñ, â, ë) cannot be included in Available Names search.

Are there any words I cannot include in my Business Name?  top

There are no restrictions for Business Name search for Registered Businesses. However, the following words cannot be included anywhere in your Business Name for Name Availability Search:

BANK LITTLE LEAGUE
BANKER MAIL
BANKING OLYMPIAD
BLIND OLYMPIA
CEMETERY OLYMPIAN
CITIUS ALTIUS FORTIUS OLYMPIC
CON-CON OLYMPUS
DBA REALTOR
E-COM TRUST
EXPRESS MAIL UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
HANDICAPPED URBAN RENEWAL
INSURANCE ZIP CODE
USPS

In addition to the restricted words listed above, the following designators cannot be included at the end of a Business Name:

A NJ NON PROFIT CORPORATION LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
CO LLC
CORP LLP
CORPORATION LP
INC LTD
INC. LTD LIABILITY CO.
INCORPORATED PA
L.L.C. PC
LIMITED LIABILITY CO. P.C.
LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY PROCESSIONAL ASSOCIATION
PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION

Profanity is not allowed anywhere in your business name. Including profanity in your business name may result in your business being expunged by the Division of Revenue.

What if I want to include one of the restricted words in Business Name for Available Name Search?  top

Restricted words cannot be used in Business Names for Available Name Search. If you would like to use a restricted word, please email your preferred name to the Corporate Filing Department at https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/revgencode.shtml. If it is determined that your name is available, you will be cleared to file a paper application by mail or fax (609) 984-6851.

The Name Availability search told me that the Business Name I’ve entered is reserved / I am trying to search a Business Name that I have reserved. What should I do?  top

Online Name Availability search will show a reserved name as unavailable because you will not be able to use the online filing service to complete a Formation application for a reserved Business Name. For more information on how to file with a reserved name, please email your name availability to us at https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/revgencode.shtml.

Is there any minimum limit on the length of Business Name that I can search for?  top

The Business Name search for Registered Business requires a minimum of 2 characters. However, if a search returns more than 500 entries, revise your search to make it more specific by adding additional details or searching for a more detailed name. For Available Name search, the Business Name must be at least 4 characters in length. This excludes leading articles, trailing‘s’, spaces, punctuations (. , ’ - &) and conjunctions (AND, OR, OF). If you want to use a name that is less than 4 characters, email your name availability to us at https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/revgencode.shtml . If it is determined that your name is available, you will be cleared to file a paper application by mail or fax (609) 984-6851 .

What browsers are supported? How can I update my browser?  top

The following browsers are supported for this service. Links with instructions on how to update your browser to the newest version are listed in the table below:
Browser Supported Version How to Update
Internet Explorer 9 & up http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/which-version-am-i-using#ie=other
Google Chrome 36 & up https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95414?hl=en
Mozilla Firefox 31 & up https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/update-firefox-latest-version
Safari 7 & up https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204416