Forming an LLC requires a different business name, which must be unique and adheres to the guidelines. The great thing is New Mexico’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 New Mexico
Time needed: 5 minutes.
There are guidelines to follow in doing a New Mexico 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 Mexico’s 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 $20 filing fee (plus tax for online).
File your Certificate of Formation and Name Reservation online on the Secretary of State Online Services page of New Mexico. You may also download the pdf file of the Name reservation form and submit it with the processing fee to Secretary of State Corporations Bureau Chartered Documents Division 325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300 Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501.
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 Mexico LLC Online Name Search
It is critical to choose the name of your LLC carefully. If you have a unique name for your LLC and no other business is using it, you must search it up on the New Mexico state website. Consider the following tips to learn more.
Utilize the New Mexico states’ search tool for commercial entities.
New Mexico’s Secretary of State will soon launch an online business directory. This tool can help you determine whether the name you’re interested in purchasing is available for use by your business. It is just essential to maintain backup names in order to make the selection process easier.
Enter your name
You can perform two kinds of searches on the search page. You can look up the name of the entity or its six-digit code. It is necessary to fill the empty area with the entity’s name or the number of the entity in order to start the search procedure.
Do the lookup
There are two methods for conducting a name search. Enter the keyword in the search field and then click “contains.” It will list opponents in New Mexico. Additionally, you can select the “begins with” option. This will return businesses with similar names or that begin with similar terms to yours.
Searches will disclose information about a company’s current state. A status may be voluntary or involuntary dissolution, or it may be in good standing. Among all conceivable statuses, only voluntary dissolution is permissible for your company’s name.
How Do I Reserve an LLC Name in New Mexico
The first step in starting an LLC in New Mexico is naming your company. It’s the first thing that people will remember about your company, so you’ll want to choose a catchy name. If you have a great idea, reserve it right away. The New Mexican Secretary of State’s business search tool makes this easy. Also, check to make sure your name is available, since the state’s LLC Act 53-19-3 contains restrictions.
To find if a name is already reserved, visit the New Mexico Secretary of State’s website and search the business name database. You can reserve a name for 120 days for $20. If the name you want is already taken, you can transfer it to a new owner. However, you cannot extend the reservation. If you need to change the name of your LLC later, you’ll need to renew it.
Once you’ve made the decision to start a limited liability company in New Mexico, you’ll need to reserve a name for your company. This will hold the name you’ve chosen for 120 days, and you can re-reserve the name for an additional $20 if needed. The reservation process isn’t as complicated as you think – it takes just a few minutes to reserve a name in New Mexico.
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.