Mississippi Business Name Search (LLC lookup) - 2024 Guide

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A unique business name is important for branding, but it’s easy to get lost in all the Mississippi business name rules.

This page will teach you how to look up your LLC name and make sure it’s available to use.

Mississippi LLC name

If you file your Mississippi LLC paperwork with a name that is already used by another Mississippi business entity – or that doesn’t meet the Mississippi name rules – your filing may be rejected.

The first step to checking if your LLC name passes is to make sure your name is not already taken by another business.

You can do this using the Business Entity Search. And you need to do this because two business entities in the state can’t have the same name or be too similar.

The second step is to make sure your LLC name follows the Mississippi Secretary of State’s rules, which we’ve broken down below.

How do I search the Mississippi business entity name database?

You can use the business entity search to search your business name against the existing business entities registered in Mississippi.

Note: This tool is sometimes called the Mississippi Business Name Search or the Mississippi Business Entity Search. They both refer to the same website and get you the same search records.

Visit the Mississippi Business Name Search page:

Mississippi Secretary of State: Business Name Search

  1. Select “Any Words” for the Search Criteria.
  2. Enter your desired LLC name in the “Business Name” field.
  3. Click Search.

Screenshot with instructions on how to use the Mississippi Business Entity Search

Then scroll down to view the search results.

Search tips:

  • Leave out “LLC”, “L.L.C.”, “Limited Liability Company”, etc., when doing your searches.
  • Leave out any commas, periods, apostrophes, etc.
  • You can search using uppercase or lowercase letters.

How to interpret the Mississippi LLC search results

If the results show names that are not too similar to yours (meaning yours is distinguishable), then your Limited Liability Company name is available for use.

  • Let’s keep using the example above. If your desired name is Riverwalk Studios LLC, and the only similar names you saw were “Riverwalk Rentals” and “Riverwalk Studio Starters”, then your name should be available.
Screenshot of sample results from the Mississippi Business Entity Search
Example of Mississippi Business Entity Search results

If no results show up, that means your LLC name is unique and it should be available for use. To be safe, run your search again using only part of your LLC name (to double-check that there are no similar names).

  • For example, search just the word “Riverwalk” instead of Riverwalk Studios.

If your exact LLC name appears in the list of search records, your LLC name is not available for use because another Mississippi business entity is already using it.

If the results show a name that is very similar to yours, your LLC name may not be available for use.

  • If your desired name is Riverwalk Studios LLC, and the search results show a “Riverwalk Studio”, then your name is not available.

What if my desired LLC name isn’t available?

If your name is not unique, you’ll need to come up with a variation or a different name for your LLC.

Tip: Wait until your LLC is approved before you apply for your LLC EIN Number or purchase any other marketing materials. This way you don’t spend money on business supplies you can’t use because your business name isn’t available.

Mississippi Secretary of State Contact Information

You can call the Mississippi Secretary of State to ask questions about whether your LLC name is available.

Representatives at the Mississippi Secretary of State can help you use the Mississippi Business Name Search. They can’t guarantee that your LLC name will be available when you file, however.

The Business Services phone number is 601-359-1633. Their hours are 8am to 5pm Central Time, Monday through Friday.

Mississippi Limited Liability Company Name Requirements

As per Section 79-29-109 of the Mississippi LLC Act, there are a few rules and requirements for naming a Mississippi business entity that you need to know.

Do I have to use a comma in my LLC name?

No, you don’t have to. You can file your LLC name with or without a comma. Both versions are accepted by the Secretary of State.

For example: If your desired business name is Red Fox Shop, you can file it as:

  • Red Fox Shop LLC
  • Red Fox Shop, LLC

Or, instead of having “LLC” as your designator (ending), there are a few other options in Mississippi.

What designators (endings) can I use in my LLC name?

Your Mississippi LLC name must contain one of the following designators at the end:

  • LLC
  • L.L.C.
  • Limited Liability Company

The following designators are not allowed

Your Mississippi LLC can’t make itself sound like a Mississippi Corporation or any other business entity besides an LLC.

The following words and designators can’t be used anywhere in your LLC name:

  • Inc.
  • Corp.
  • Incorporated
  • Corporation
  • Partnership
  • Limited Partnership

What words are not allowed in my Mississippi LLC name?

Your Mississippi LLC name can’t contain words and abbreviations that are restricted by law.

For example, you can’t make your LLC name sound like it’s a bank, part of the government or a government agency, or anything else that misleads the public.

You also can’t use words that are reserved for licensed professionals. These vary by state, but some common examples are accountants, architects, attorneys, dentists, and engineers.

Your Mississippi business name must be distinguishable (unique)

When you use the Mississippi Secretary of State Business Name Search, you will compare your desired LLC name to existing businesses in the state.

If your name is not unique, you’ll need to come up with a variation or a different business name.

Below are rules and examples of LLC names that are not distinguishable.


Differences in designators (endings) don’t create distinguishability.

If your desired LLC name is Spicebush Bakery LLC, it’s not available to use if any of the following are found in the Mississippi Business Name Search results:

  • Spicebush Bakery, Inc.
  • Spicebush Bakery Corp.
  • Spicebush Bakery, L.L.C.

Filler Words

Adding non-meaningful or filler words (the, a, an, and, &, of, or) won’t create distinguishability.

If your desired LLC name is Mockingbird Farms LLC, it’s not available to use if any of the following are found:

  • The Mockingbird Farms LLC
  • A Mockingbird Farm Inc.
  • Mockingbird and Farms L.L.C.
  • Of Mockingbird Farms Corp

Plural or Singular Words and Possessive Words

Adding a letter “s” to make a word plural or possessive doesn’t create distinguishability.

If your desired LLC name is Patrick’s Ducks LLC, it’s not available to use if any of the following are found:

  • Patricks Duck LLC
  • Patrick’s Duck Inc.
  • Patricks Ducks, L.L.C.

What if my Mississippi business name is rejected?

If you file your Mississippi Certificate of Formation (the document that creates your Mississippi LLC) and the business name is not available, don’t panic. The state will notify you and tell you why your filing was rejected.

You will just need to file again with a variation of your LLC name or a different LLC name.

Mississippi Business Name FAQs

Do I need a name reservation in Mississippi?

No, a name reservation isn’t required to form an LLC in Mississippi. It’s an unnecessary step and a waste of money.

You can just file your LLC’s Certificate of Formation with your desired LLC name.

Does Mississippi require LLC in the name?

Yes. Your Mississippi LLC name must contain one of the allowable designators at the end. The most commonly used designators are:

  • LLC
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Ltd. Liability Co.
Does my Mississippi LLC need a DBA?

No, you’re not required to file a DBA (“Doing Business As”) for your business entity in Mississippi.

A DBA (known as a Fictitious Business Name in Mississippi) lets your LLC conduct business under a name which is different from its true and legal name (the name on your Certificate of Formation).

If you want your LLC to do business under a name that’s different from its true and legal name, you have to file a Fictitious Business Name Registration online and pay an additional fee of $25 to the Secretary of State. Check out the Secretary of State Fictitious Business Name Act page for more information on this process.

If you are going to file a Fictitious Business Name for your Mississippi LLC, it must also be distinguishable from existing business names in the state.

There is no limit to the number of Fictitious Business Names an LLC can have.

For more information, please see Does my LLC need a DBA?

When would my LLC use a DBA?

Let’s say you form an LLC called Skytree Cruise Lines LLC, but you also want to use a friendlier, catchy name, like Sky Cruises. In this case, your LLC would need to file a Fictitious Business Name Registration to use the name Sky Cruises.

If you don’t file a Fictitious Business Name Registration for a different name, you can only use your legal entity name of Skytree Cruise Lines LLC.

Similarly, if you want to do business under the name Skytree Cruise Lines, just without the letters “LLC” in the name, you will need to file a Fictitious Business Name Registration for Skytree Cruise Lines.

How do I get a business domain name?

Once you’ve found a business name that you like, it’s a good idea to check if your domain name is available before forming your LLC.

You can search for available domain names with GoDaddy:

What does “distinguishability” mean?

Each business entity name must be “distinguishable upon the records” of the Secretary of State.

This means that no two businesses can operate with the same exact name. Said another way, if a business already exists with your desired LLC name, you can’t register your LLC with that name.

For example, let’s say you want to form an LLC called Magnolia Landscapers LLC. But there is already a business in another town called Magnolia Landscapers, Inc. Because your desired LLC name is the same as that existing Mississippi Corporation, it is not distinguishable. You can’t use it and must choose another name.

How do I come up with a business name?

Business names are important for branding and recognition. The name of your Mississippi LLC can be your company’s brand name, but it doesn’t have to be (please see the FAQ about DBAs above). Either way, picking a good LLC name is an important decision.

Here are some quick tips for coming up with business names:

  1. First, write down the features of your company and things that you want to be associated with.
  2. Then list out as many business names as you can think of. Don’t edit or analyze them. Just get as many names on the page as you can.
  3. Now go back and read through them. Write down any variations that come to mind.
  4. Next, set the list aside. Do something else, like go for a walk or get groceries, or sleep on it for the night. Then come back and review the list of names. As you go through it, write down additional ideas and variations.
  5. Read the whole list out loud. If you want, get input from friends, business partners, and family.
  6. Repeat the process: sleep on the ideas, write down new variations, read them out loud again.
  7. The best business name will often “rise off the page” and present itself. If it doesn’t, you can try this trick: Close your eyes and count to 10. When you get to 10, you must choose a name. When you open your eyes, force yourself to make a decision. Sometimes we know the best name deep in our subconscious, and this trick can help it come out. Trust yourself and go with what feels best.

For more tips, please see How to Choose a Business Name or check out TRUIC’s Business Name Generator.

Can I use the name of another Mississippi entity?

No. You can’t use the same name as another Mississippi business.

And it doesn’t matter what entity type it is – your LLC can’t have the same entity name as another corporation, LLC, or any other entity type.

You can’t use another business’s name even if the entity is in “delinquent” status on the Mississippi Secretary of State website.

But if a business is dissolved, they no longer have rights to that name. This means you can form an LLC with the same name.

How do I change my LLC name?

You can change your LLC’s name later by filing an Amendment form with the Secretary of State.

We have step-by-step instructions on how to change an LLC name in Mississippi.

How to start an LLC in Mississippi?

Here are the steps to starting an LLC in Mississippi:

  1. Choose an LLC name and make sure it’s available
  2. Choose who will be your Mississippi Registered Agent
  3. File the Mississippi LLC Certificate of Formation
  4. Complete and sign an LLC Operating Agreement
  5. Get a Tax ID Number (EIN) from the IRS
  6. Open an LLC bank account
  7. Check whether you need a business or sales tax license in Mississippi

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