Forming an LLC requires a different business name, which must be unique and adheres to the guidelines. The great thing is New Jersey’s Division of Revenue 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 New Jersey
Time needed: 5 minutes.
There are guidelines to follow in doing a New Jersey 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 New Jersey’s Official Division of Revenue 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 $50 filing fee (plus tax for online).
File your Certificate of Formation and Name Reservation online on the Division of Revenue Online Services page of New Jersey. You may also download the pdf file of the Name reservation form and submit it with the processing fee to the NJ Division of Revenue, PO Box 308, Trenton, NJ 08646.
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 New Jersey LLC Online Name Search
It is critical that you choose a name for your LLC. If you have a unique name for your LLC, you’ll need to look it up on the New Jersey state website to check if no other company is using it. Check out these hints to learn more.
Utilize the search engine for business entities in the state’s tool.
The New Jersey Department of Treasury will provide a business search website. This tool can help you determine whether the name you want is available for use by your company. It is only necessary to keep backup names, so they can be easily selected.
Enter your name
There are three kinds of searches that you can perform on the search page. You can look up the name of the entity, the entity ID, or a keyword. Just type in the detail required in the search field for the search type that you choose.
Run the search
There are two methods for locating the desired name. Enter the search term, then select the “contains” option. The names of businesses with the word you input would then be displayed. You can also choose “starts with.” This will return results for businesses with names that start with the word you input.
Searches will reveal information on the current incorporated date of companies, their type, city, and entity IDs.
How Do I Reserve an LLC Name in New Jersey
If you are looking to start a business in New Jersey, you need to reserve the name of your business. There are many resources that will help you find a name that suits your needs and is available in the state. You should check the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services website for any restrictions on using a name, but the most important thing is that you check the availability of a particular name. This way, you can make sure it is available and avoid any conflict.
First of all, you need to decide on a name for your business. A good name is one that accurately describes your services and will attract potential clients. Avoid choosing a generic, vague, or confusing name. Be careful not to copy a competitor’s existing name, or create something too complicated for your business. There are many resources that can help you reserve a name. You can also check for free resources that can help you reserve a company name.
In New Jersey, you can reserve an LLC name for 120 days. When you reserve a name, you must also appoint a registered agent. This person will receive official documents and process. The registered agent must be based in New Jersey. The registered representative should be a registered agent of the company. If you do not have an agent yet, this can be done online. However, it is not necessary to appoint a registered office in the state.
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.