Forming an LLC requires a different business name, which must be unique and adheres to the guidelines. The great thing is North Dakota’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 Dakota
Time needed: 5 minutes.
There are guidelines to follow in doing a North Dakota 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 Dakota’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 Dakota. You may also download the pdf file of the Name reservation form and submit it with the processing fee to the Secretary of State, State of North Dakota, 600 E Boulevard Ave Dept. 108 Bismarck ND 58505-0500.
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 Do I Reserve an LLC Name in North Dakota
How do you reserve an LLC name in North Dakota? There are several steps you can take to reserve a name for your business. First, you must check whether the name you want is available for use. Next, you must comply with the state’s name restrictions. Once you have determined that the name you’ve selected is available, you can file an application to reserve it. To reserve an LLC, you must submit an application for a certificate of reservation.
To reserve a name for your company, visit the State of North Dakota website and run a search for the name you want to use. If you’ve come up with a unique business name but don’t see it, you can reserve the name with the Secretary of State’s name search. Then, you can fill out a form and submit it to the State of the State. Make sure that you include the $10 filing fee and submit it to the Secretary of the States.
Once you’ve selected the name, you should conduct a thorough search to ensure that the name you’ve chosen is available. In addition, you should make sure that the web domain name you’re looking for is available. This will help customers find you online. To find the best URL to use, you can use the North Dakota Business Entity Search. Then, you’ll need to fill out the necessary paperwork to reserve the name. If it’s available, you can reserve it for one year and renew it for another year.
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.