Additional Resources For Incorporating In The State of
ALABAMA INCORPORATION RESOURCES
SITE LEGAL INFORMATION
CHECKING NAME AVAILABILITY FOR A CORPORATION IN ALABAMA
CORPORATE NAME AVAILABILITY CHECKS
Checking the corporate name in advance is necessary and will save you a lot of time. If you do not check first, your incorporation papers will be returned to you if there is a conflicting name and you will need to start over again from scratch.
The State of Alabama maintains a web site where you can check to determine whether the corporate name that you desire is available. Alabama also maintains a telephone service where you can call to get information on what names are available. The telephone number is (602)542-3230 .
you can also get information on existing Corporations through the Alabama public records access systems.
To search for name availability online in Alabama, CLICK HERE. This link will take you directly to the name inquiring portion of the Alabama Web Site. This search will give you a list of names organized alphabetically that are close to the name that you desire.
It is suggested that you search in a few different ways depending upon what name you select. You should search for the entire name that you wish to secure. Print out the results of this search and keep it for your records. You should also do a partial name search to determine what names may be close, but not exactly like the name you wish to obtain.
For example, if the name that you have chosen is ABC Vending Supplies, Inc., you should search ABC Vending Supplies, ABC Vending, and perhaps ABC Ven so you will get a picture of what names may be similar to the one you have selected.
Alabama permits you to reserve a name for a period of 120 days. The fee for name reservation is $10.00. GET THE NAME RESERVATION FORM
EXISTING TRADENAME CERTIFICATE
If you are a holder of a tradename that is identical or non-distinguishable from the proposed name, you will be asked to provide a copy of the tradename certificate or "received" copy of the tradename application. Call the Alabama Corporate Commission office for details at: (602) 542-3135 in Phoenix or (520) 628-6560 in Tucson.