How to Do a New Mexico Business Search:
Follow our step-by-step guide to checking business name availability on the New Mexico SOS website.
Conduct a New Mexico business search online.
Go to the New Mexico Secretary of State (SOS) website.
The New Mexico SOS Business Services Division offers an online tool that can be used to perform business searches.
Enter your business name in the search field.
Type your chosen business name without identifiers, such as "LLC" or "Corporation," and punctuation into the search field next to "Entity Name/DBA Name." Leave the search filter on "Starts With" for now and leave all the other fields blank. Click the reCAPTCHA block and then click on "Search."
View your search results.
If your chosen business name has not been registered yet, you will see a pop-up block that says "No data found." However, if there are similar business names, you will see a table of results.
The table will present information on the entity name, DBA name, business ID number, entity type, state of incorporation, sovereign, status, and date of expiration. Search results are also divided into "Corporations/LLCs" or "Partnerships/LLPs."
Go through the search results and check that your business name does not appear and that there are no deceptively similar business names registered.
Repeat your search.
Perform another business search using the "Contains" search filter, and searching only a keyword or part of a keyword, from your chosen business name. For example, when searching the name "Accounting Solutions," we searched both the full name and the word "accounting."
You may also need to search for alternate spellings of your chosen name or names that are very similar. For example, searching "kwik" as an alternate spelling to "quick."
Use the "Back" button at the bottom of the results page to return to the search page.
Additional New Mexico business search steps.
Perform a state trademark search.
To be 100% sure that your name is available for use, you should perform a trademark search of the New Mexico SOS trademark database.
Type a keyword from your chosen business name into the search field next to "Name of Trademark/Service Mark."
Leave all other search fields blank and click on "Search."
Go through your search results to check for your chosen business name or deceptively similar names.
Repeat your search with other keywords from your chosen business name.
Search the USPTO database.
You should also search the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) trademark database to check that your name has not been federally trademarked or is in the process of being federally trademarked.
Do a domain name search.
In order to establish your online presence and help your customers to find you, it is important that you check that the domain matching your business name is available.
Reserve your business name.
It is not a requirement to reserve your business name in the state of New Mexico. However, if your chosen business name is available for use, but you're not yet ready to register your business, you can reserve your business name for 120 days.
Download the appropriate name reservation application form.
Complete and mail it to the stipulated address along with the appropriate fee.
Information on the filing fees can be found in the downloads.