Ohio LLC Name Search – How to Name Your LLC

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Forming an LLC requires a different business name, which must be unique and adheres to the guidelines. The great thing is Ohio’s Secretary of State page includes a name availability checker. Check out LLC Name Search to learn more.

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in learning more about starting an Ohio LLC or forming an LLC in general, you can check out How to Start an LLC.

How to Name an LLC in Ohio

Time needed: 5 minutes.

There are guidelines to follow in doing an Ohio 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.

  1. Check Name Availability

    Search the Business Entity Records in Ohio’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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 $39 filing fee (plus tax for online).

    File your Certificate of Formation and Name Reservation online on the Secretary of State Online Services page of Ohio. You may also download the pdf file of the Name reservation form and submit it with the processing fee to P.O. Box 670 Columbus, OH 43216 for a regular filing or P.O. Box 1390 Columbus, OH 43216 with the additional fee for an expedited filing.

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 Ohio

You must make sure that the name of your business is available in Ohio. To check, you can conduct an Ohio Business Entity Search. This search will show you the existing entities in the state that have the same or similar names to yours. You can also search for the first two words of the name to see if there are any other businesses in Ohio with the same or similar names. You should also check if the name you want is also available for a web domain. If your business has a website, having a matching URL will increase the chances of potential customers finding you.

When forming your business in Ohio, you must first create a company. Once you have done this, you can then reserve a name. You can do this for 180 days, but you must form your business within that time. If you need to cancel or transfer the name reservation after the 180-day window has expired, you can do so by completing a form. Usually, you will need to pay a fee of $25 to reserve a name.

To reserve an LLC name, you need to fill out an Ohio business entity form. The form is available on the state’s website and costs $25. Once you have filled it out, you will need to choose a registered agent for your company. The registered agent will be able to provide you with a registered agent if you want to use their services. Once you have decided on a name, you must choose a business identifier for your new entity.

F.A.Qs

What is a Trade Name?

A trade name (doing business as (DBA) name) is the official name under which a proprietor or company chooses to do business.

Is having a domain name necessary?

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.

What if my name is unavailable?

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.

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