Forming an LLC requires a different business name, which must be unique and adheres to the guidelines. The great thing is Utah’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 Utah
Time needed: 5 minutes.
There are guidelines to follow in doing a Utah 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 Utah’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 $22 filing fee (plus tax for online).
File your Certificate of Formation online on the Secretary of State Online Services page of Utah. You may also download the pdf file of the Name reservation form and submit it with the processing fee to the Utah Division of Corporations & Commercial Code P.O. Box 146705 Salt Lake City, UT 84114.
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 Utah
If you’re thinking about forming an LLC in Utah, it may be helpful to know how to reserve a business name. Reservation of a business name is a simple process and can save you a lot of time and frustration later. The process is quick and easy, and the filing fee is nominal. Here’s how to do it. Follow these steps to secure the name you want. And remember, the more unique and memorable the company name, the more distinctive it will be to future customers and investors.
The first step is to check if the business name you’d like is available. Using the Utah Online Business Registration Database, you can find the name of another LLC or business in Utah. However, you should keep in mind that this database shows only businesses registered in Utah. You can’t see business names in other states. You can still choose a name that’s available but be sure that it’s not already reserved.
Once you’ve determined the name you want, you’ll need to confirm that it’s available. The state’s Online Business Registration Database will show you the names of Utah corporations and LLCs. If it’s not, then you’ll need to look at the names of other businesses in Utah and make sure that they’re available. If you’re not sure a business name is available, you can also check for availability of the name in the Internet.
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.