How do you find out whether the name you want to use for your new Virginia LLC or Virginia corporation is available? There are two ways:
- You can check online by accessing the Virginia State Corporation Commission's online database (called the Clerk's Information System) located here. Type in a potential name you would like to use; or
- Call the Clerk's Office at 804-371-9733 or toll free (if you're in Virginia) at 866-722-2551 and ask the Clerk to check for you.
Look for the exact name or a confusing similarity with an existing Virginia LLC or Virginia corporation to avoid having your Articles returned to you. And beware – this is not the same thing as “trademark clearance.” Be sure to look deeper to be sure you're not about to infringe someone else's trademark.