A business can register their name by organizing or incorporating under the laws of the State of South Carolina through the South Carolina Secretary of State. The forms required to file with the Secretary of State’s Office depend on the legal structure of a business. See the Library of Forms and Fees to find the proper form and filing fee for your business.
Registering with the Secretary of State protects your business name by preventing any other entity in the State of South Carolina from incorporating or organizing with a name that is identical to, or indistinguishable from, the name already on file.
In order to know if a name is available for use, check the names of all entities registered with the South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office by searching their database (Search Business Filings).
To register your business online go to South Carolina Business One Stop (SCBOS) at SCBOS Secretary of State Filings. Create an online account and file the required forms for the same cost as directly filing with the Secretary of State.
For further questions about how to reserve or register a business name, contact the Secretary of State’s Office at 803-734-2158, or SCBOS hotline at 803-898-5690.
Note: Sole proprietorships and general partnerships do not have to file with the Secretary of State’s Office. Business corporations, nonprofit corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships and limited liability companies are the only business entities that must file with the Secretary of State’s Office.