Forming an LLC requires a different business name, which must be unique and adheres to the guidelines. The great thing is Kansas’s Secretary of State page includes a name availability checker. Check out LLC Name Search to learn more.
On this page, you’ll learn about the following:
How to Name an LLC in Kansas
Time needed: 5 minutes.
There are guidelines to follow in doing a Kansas LLC name search. To learn more, check out LLC Naming Guidelines or read Foreign LLC Application for Registration if you’re planning to register a foreign LLC.
- Check Name Availability
Search the Business Entity Records in Kansas’ Official Secretary of State page to check if your chosen business name is available. You may also try typing your trademark, business, or domain name on any search engine to generate businesses with similar names and to ensure your trademark is unique and meets the state’s requirements.
Check out How to File a DBA to learn more about registering a DBA or trademark. For social media pages, use Social Searcher to avoid using similar page names.
- Check Domain Availability
If your business name is still available, you must register for a domain name using Namecheap, Google Workspace, or other domain name sites. So customers can easily find your business over the Internet. Use the Kinsta app to manage your domains efficiently.
- File Name Reservation
A Name Reservation Certificate is required along with a Certificate of Formation. You can reserve a name online, by mail, or in person with a $30 filing fee (plus tax for online).
File your Certificate of Formation and Name Reservation online on the Secretary of State Online Services page of Kansas. You may also download the pdf file of the Name reservation form and submit it with the processing fee to the Kansas Office of the Secretary of State, Memorial Hall, 1st Floor, 120 S.W. 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612.
Guidelines to Follow in Naming LLC
- Use a business name with the abbreviation “LLC” or the phrase “Limited Liability Company.”
- Your decided business name must not coincide with any existing government entity. Otherwise, you might have to face legal lawsuits when filing your LLC.
- Use the LLC name availability checker to ensure your business name is unique.
- Get a license first if you plan on using restricted words to avoid any complications.
Note that you must put adequate effort into naming your LLC because this name will be with your business for a long time. Making your LLC name unique is vital as it would prevent people from confusing your business with others, not to mention it would be easier for them to recall your business, products, or services.
How To Do a Kansas LLC Online Name Search
Before you establish your LLC in Kansas, you must know if the proposed name of your LLC is unique and available to use. You can check and file the LLC name online. Here’s how to do that.
Access the Business Entities Search Tool of the State of Kansas
The State of Kansas offers a Business Entity Search Station to guide you in deciding an appropriate name for your business LLC. This search tool assists you in deciding whether the proposed business name is available for use in Kansas or not. In addition, keep a list of backup names ready, so you can finalize a suitable name in a few attempts.
In the following section, click on the option of “name availability (check to see if a business name is available)”. The link navigates to the “Kansas Business Filing Center” page. Next, scroll down and select the option of “Name Availability”.
Enter the name
The Kansas Name Availability Status page will open up. Enter the proposed name of your business in the following section: “Enter Business Name”. The page also links to the Naming Guidelines and restrictions page by the Secretary of State of Kansas.
Perform the Search
Search the availability of the chosen name on the website. If the proposed business name is already in use, the page will display the relevant details of the business using the same name. Conduct thorough research of the name by adhering to the name search guidelines before filing it with the Authorities to avoid any future rejection or delays.
If you are planning on taking your business online by setting up a website, you should also check if a domain name similar to your chosen business name is available for your business.
Next, if you also wish to use a Trademark for the distinct identity of your business, you can run a search on the Trademark Database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to check if the chosen name is already in use by some other business entity.
How Do I Reserve an LLC Name in Kansas
To reserve an LLC name in Kansas you need to submit a name reservation request form to the Kansas Secretary of State by mail for $35 or online by paying a filing fee of $30.
Choosing a name for your company is the first official step when forming a limited liability corporation in Kansas. It’s important to choose a name that is unique, and will not be confused with other companies’ names. A unique name also allows customers to better recall your business. However, this does not mean that you should have a name that is too similar to another business. This can lead to confusion and may even result in litigation.
The State of Kansas has a site for checking the availability of a name. It’s called the Business Entity Search Station, or BESS for short. It’s an excellent way to find out whether or not your business name is available. You can search for other businesses registered in Kansas, check whether or not the name is trademarked, and see if you can legally register your name with the state. You can also check whether or not your proposed business name is available as a domain name.
The state also offers a business name reservation service. The process is easy to understand, and you can file your name reservation application online or by mail. The state website charges $30 for name reservations. Names can be reserved for a period of 120 days, but you can only renew them after the 120 days is up. You must have a Kansas physical address as the registered agent. You also cannot use a virtual mailbox, and you must write checks to the Internal Revenue Service and the state. The business name reservation is a great way to ensure that your name won’t be taken by another business.
The state offers a name availability search, but it’s not a comprehensive list. Rather, it’s a short list of names that are available. You can also use Social Searcher or GoDaddy to check for available names. There is no limit to the amount of search results you can obtain, and you can narrow your search by choosing a smaller number of words. For example, if your company’s name is ABC Widgets, LLC, you may want to limit your search to the first two words, as the rest may be buried in the list.
One of the most interesting aspects of the business name search is that you can use the database to find out whether or not the name you choose is available, and you can check whether or not the name is trademarked. However, it’s important to note that the database is only available to businesses that are registered with the state.
The state also offers a Temporary Reservation of Business Entity Name. This is a simpler option, but it can only be used for up to 120 days. The name is a limited-time offer, so you should act quickly if you’re interested in reserving it. You will also need to write a check to the state and the Internal Revenue Service, as well as a check to your business bank account.
A trade name (doing business as (DBA) name) is the official name under which a proprietor or company chooses to do business.
Having a domain isn’t necessary, but it is recommended. If you have a domain name, customers will find you more accessible through online means with your online website.
For domestic LLC, you can simply brainstorm for another name if the one you pick is no longer available. For foreign LLC, you must think up a “fictitious name,” which you’ll use only in the state.
LLC names are important as it is the main identity of your business. While naming your LLC make sure to choose the one that suits the nature of your business. Follow the naming guidelines before you start filing your LLC name