Forming an LLC requires a different business name, which must be unique and adheres to the guidelines. The great thing is New York’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 York
Time needed: 5 minutes.
There are guidelines to follow in doing a New York 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 York’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 York. You may also download the pdf file of the Name reservation form and submit it with the processing fee to the New York Department of State, Division of Corporations, One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12231.
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 Business Entity Search in New York
It is crucial to select the name you want to use for your LLC. If you have a distinctive name for your LLC and no other business using it, you will need to search the New York State website to confirm it. Take a look at the following information and be aware of the process.
Utilize the state’s search engine for businesses.
The New York Department of State Division of Corporations provides a business search website. This tool can assist you in determining if the proposed name has been taken already. It is only necessary to have a backup names list, so you can quickly choose an alternative.
Enter your name
There are various kinds of searches that you can perform when you reach the page for a search. You can search for the entity’s name or by entity ID. You will be given a drop-down menu to make your choices easier. Be sure to fill out the form for your search choice accordingly.
Do the search
There are several ways to find a name. The first method allows you to search by name, under which you can use a name ID, an assumed name, or an assumed ID. Choose one and be sure to fill out the form that follows.
You can further filter your search with an entity type, search functionality, or entity list. For search functionality, you can use the result to show you businesses that contain the word you input or those that start with it.
As for entity type, you can choose from active, inactive, or suspended.
How Do I Reserve an LLC Name in New York
The first step is to fill out an Application for Reservation of LLC Name on the Department of State’s website. You will be able to view the instructions and links for filing this document, including how long the reservation will last. Next, you’ll need to pay the $20 fee through the Department of State’s website. Once you’ve paid the fee, you can submit the Credit Card Authorization Form.
The next step in the process is to check to see if the name you’re interested in is available. This can be done using the Division of Corporations’ Corporation & Business Entity Database. There are certain words and phrases that you can’t use when registering an LLC. These restrictions will vary depending on the type of LLC that you’re forming. Once you’ve checked if your desired name is available, you can file the Application for Reservation of LLC Name.
Once you’ve opted to reserve an LLC name, you’ll need to find a unique name that doesn’t conflict with another company. The best way to do this is to use the business entity database maintained by the Department of State. Once you’ve found a suitable name, you’ll need to ensure that it’s available before you file the Articles of Incorporation. If you don’t have the time to file, you can put it on hold until you’re ready to proceed.
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.