Choose the name of your company carefully. It is very important that you project the image you want for your new company. Legally, the name must not be "deceptively similar" to any existing corporation, limited liability company (LLC), limited partnership (LP), limited liability partnership (LLP) or nonprofit corporation formed in that state and must be "distinguishable on the record" of your state.
Additionally, your name must show your business type. Most states require that the company name be followed by a specific identifier, such as "Corporation", "Incorporated", or an abbreviation such as "Inc." or "Corp." for corporations or "Limited Liability Company" or the abbreviation of LLC for LLCs, "Limited Partnership" or the abbreviation "LP" for limited partnerships or "Limited Liability Partnership" or the abbreviation of "LLP" for limited liability partnerships. These requirements vary by state. Check our state guides for more detail on your state’s requirements. Keep in mind, changing only your company’s identifier (such as from Corporation to Inc.) will not make your name distinguishable.
A name check can be useful in other situations such as, prior to filing a name change amendment or before filing a name reservation for a company which you intend to form, but are not yet ready to do so at this time. The following BizFilings services include a preliminary state name check as part of our service fee:
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