• ​First, determine whether the name you have selected has already been filed by another party.  It is your responsibility to perform a business name search.  The Register of Deeds Information Center is available to help if needed.
    • Register of Deeds Information Center - Phone: 919-856-5476
    • North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State - Phone: 919-814-5400
  • Things you need to know when doing a search:
The following words are abbreviated unless the abbreviation falls as the first word of the non-human or corporate name:
                    Word    Abbreviation
Incorporated Inc
Corporation Corp
Company(ies) Co
County Cnty
Association Assn
Department Dept
Limited Ltd
And &
Partnership(s) Ptnrp
Partner(s) Ptnr
Associate(s) Assoc
Savings and Loan S&L
Mortgage Mtg
Finance Fin
Insurance Ins
Bank and Trust B&T
Condominium Condo


  • When initials are part of the name, search with and without spaces between the initials.
  • Search using different spellings of words (e.g., two, 2, too, to).
  • Search with and without leading articles (e.g., a, the)
  • Some examples of types of searches you need to be aware of are:
    • Actual company name: The Marketing Department
      Indexed as: The Marketing Department
    • Actual company name: A Clean Sweep
      Indexed as: A Clean Sweep