Forming an LLC requires a different business name, which must be unique and adheres to the guidelines. The great thing is North Carolina’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 North Carolina
Time needed: 5 minutes.
There are guidelines to follow in doing a North Carolina 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 North Carolina’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 $10 filing fee (plus tax for online).
File your Certificate of Formation and Name Reservation online on the Secretary of State Online Services page of North Carolina. You may also download the pdf file of the Name reservation form and submit it with the processing fee to the NC Secretary of State Business Registration, P.O. Box 29622, Raleigh, North Carolina 27626-0622.
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 North Carolina Business Entity Search
It is important that the LLC name matches the state guidelines. When naming your LLC, make sure that you search North Carolina’s state website to confirm that the name you pick is unique and not utilized by another organization. Look at the following points to guide you with the process.
Use the search engine for business entities in the state’s tool.
The North Carolina Secretary of State maintains a website for conducting business searches. This tool can assist you in determining whether or not the proposed name has already been taken. It is sufficient to have backup names so that you can quickly select an alternate.
Enter your name
When you reach the search page, you have the option of conducting various types of searches. You can conduct a search for an entity using its name or its unique identifier. A drop-down menu will appear to assist you in making your selections. Ensure that you complete the appropriate fields in the form for your search option.
Make the search
You only need to input a keyword to do a search. However, there are different filters you can choose like searching for names with any of the words you input. There is also one where all of the words you input are present and finding an exact match. To boot, you can search names using IDs.
How Do I Reserve an LLC Name in North Carolina
To reserve an LLC name in North Carolina you need to submit a name reservation request form to the North Carolina Secretary of State by mail or online by paying a filing fee of $30.
Whether you’re forming a limited liability company in North Carolina or if you’re already operating one, you may want to know how to reserve an LLC name. Name reservations are a great way to make sure that your business name is available, and that the state won’t be able to sue you for using the name.
In order to reserve a business name in North Carolina, you need to meet a few requirements. The first is that you have a unique business name that isn’t too similar to an existing entity in the state. For example, you cannot use the word “Inc.” or “Bank” in your name. The name must also be distinguishable from other names on the North Carolina Secretary of State’s business registry. The name must also not infringe on trademarks.
The second requirement is that you have to file the appropriate paperwork with the North Carolina Secretary of State. You can do this online or by mail. You will also need to pay a small fee. This fee is $30, and is valid for 120 days. The fee will be deposited with a money order or check made out to “North Carolina Secretary of State.”
The best part of reserving a business name in North Carolina is that you can do it as long as you want. If you don’t start your business for another 120 days, you will have to start over, with the same name. You will also need to choose a registered agent, which is a corporation or individual that will be the official contact for your business. Your registered agent must live in the state of North Carolina. You will also need to hire an attorney to draft an operating agreement.
The North Carolina Secretary of State also offers an online business registry search tool. This tool allows you to search for available business names, as well as other naming related information. The search results will provide a list of businesses with similar names. You can then use this information to choose a name for your business. You can also check to see if the name you are looking for is available for use by another business.
The name reservation process is relatively simple. You will need to fill out an Application to Reserve a Business Entity Name, which you can download from the Secretary of State’s website. You will also need to pay the $30 filing fee. You can also file the name reservation form online, or by mail.
The North Carolina Secretary of State has many other name-related resources. You can also check to see if a name is available at your local register of deeds office. It may also be helpful to look at names of businesses in your county, or in neighboring counties. You may also want to look into using a business domain name to protect your brand. Many companies, such as GoDaddy, offer business domain name services.
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