Frequently asked questions

  • Can any name be reserved?
    No. The name must meet all eligibility requirements. Every state prohibits the use of certain words (which vary greatly) as well as the use of names that are “deceptively similar” to an existing name. Additionally, most states require a name to identify the business type (e.g., “LLC” or “Inc.”).
  • How long can my name be reserved?
    The reservation period varies state to state. The most common time period is 120 days, but most states allow renewal for an additional fee.
  • How is name reservation different from a name availability check?
    A name availability check does not reserve the name for you; it’s merely a snapshot to see if your desired name is eligible and available. Name reservation goes one step further to hold the name for a brief period of time, preventing other businesses from claiming it for themselves.
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