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?
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:
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.
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 punctuation, special characters and diacritics
(for Example: ñ, â, ë) cannot be included in Available Names search.
If you would like to use the characters # ! ? $ / you will need to file a paper application using the form located at:
In addition to the restricted words listed above, the following designators cannot be included at the end of a Business Name:
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.
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.
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.
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 .