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How to Check if an LLC Name is Available

Before you form your LLC, you need to check if the LLC name you want is available. Here’s how to do a quick LLC name availability check.

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Search the business name with the Secretary of State’s office in the state where you plan to form your LLC.

If you’re forming a limited liability company (LLC) in the United States, you must choose a name for your business that isn’t already in use by another LLC and that meets the requirements of the state where you’ll be forming your LLC. You can check to see if your desired LLC name is available in two ways:

1. Search the business name with the Secretary of State’s office in the state where you plan to form your LLC.
2. Use an online business entity search tool, like the one provided by BizFilings.

When searching for your LLC name, keep in mind that you may need to do a comprehensive search that includes variations of your desired name, as well as misspellings. For example, if you want to name your LLC “XYZ Widgets,” you should also check for “XYZ Widget Co.,” “XYZWidget Corp.,” “X-Y-Z Widgets,” and so on.

The name must be distinguishable from other names already on the records.

An LLC’s name must be distinguishable from the names of other business entities already on the records of the Nevada Secretary of State’s office. To find out if your proposed name is available, you can:

-Search the businesses database on the Secretary of State’s website.
-Call the Business Division of the Secretary of State’s office at (775) 684-5708 and request a name availability letter.
-Visit the Business Services section of the Secretary of State’s office in person at 101 N. Carson St., Suite 3, Carson City, NV 89701.

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You may reserve a name for 120 days by filing a Name Reservation Request with the Secretary of State.

To check the availability of an LLC name, you can:

-Do a business entity search on the Secretary of State website.
-Contact the Secretary of State office by phone or in person.
-Hire a professional service to conduct a business entity search.

If you find that the name you want is available, you may reserve it for 120 days by filing a Name Reservation Request with the Secretary of State.

After you have chosen a name, you may register it as a trade name or trademark with the state’s business registration office.

If you have already chosen a name for your LLC, you may register it as a trade name or trademark with the state’s business registration office. You can also file an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). After you have registered your LLC name, you will need to renew it periodically to keep it active.

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*This applies to Virginia residents too!

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