We know the naming nuances of every state

Each state has its own rules, guidelines, and means of checking availability. A name can easily be rejected if it's too similar to an existing one, or if it contains a prohibited word (or omits a required one). With this service, CT Corporation will verify your name’s format and availability. If everything checks out, you may then consider a name reservation.

CT Corporation’s Compliance Experts will:

  • Summarize each state’s naming requirements for you—no need to comb through websites to find out what’s allowed and what’s not
  • Check the availability of two names, one preferred and one backup
  • Promptly notify you of the results
  • Outline your logical next step, whether it’s incorporation, foreign qualification, or reserving the name for future use
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.
  • When is a name deceptively similar to an existing business name?
    It depends on the state. For example, one state may bar the plural of an existing name, whereas others won’t. Additionally, each state has its own required and prohibited terms. CT knows all the ins and outs, so you can focus on procuring the most impactful name for your business.
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