Among other requirements, the California Secretary of State requires that businesses register with a name that does not conflict with the name of any existing registered business. If you attempt to register with a name that is unavailable, you will be responsible for resubmission fees. For additional information or questions about California’s business name requirements, see:
At a minimum, we recommend you make your own assessment about the availability of a name by using California’s Business Search.
For additional assurance that a name is available for registration and to help avoid any resubmission fees, you can authorize the California Secretary of State’s $14 name availability confirmation fee by simply emailing firstname.lastname@example.org immediately after completing the California Foreign Qualification on Clerky.