How do I write my Business Name as an LLC?
Most states require that the registered LLC name includes the “LLC” designation in the name of the company.
The specific requirements may vary from state to state but generally, phrases and abbreviations such as “LLC”, Limited Liability Company”, “Limited”, or “Limited Liability Co” must be included.
There are also restricted words that you cannot use in your LLC name such as “bank”, “insurance”, or “trust”.
You can also not use any names that could be closely confused with government agencies such as “municipality”, “government”, etc.
It is always a good idea to do a business name search before creating your LLC.
This will help you find a name that is available and not already in use by another company.
You should also consider doing a trademark name search to save you future headaches should someone discover you are using a name that they have trademarked.
For example, say you start an LLC and have a successful business for a few years that has gained a great reputation.
One day you receive a notice asking you to stop using your LLC name because it has already been trademarked by another company.
This is a bad scenario because you have already set a reputation under this name and will now most likely need to change it, which can really hurt your branding.
It is always a good idea to do the name searches before actually incorporating your business.
You can do a trademark search on the US Patent and Trademark Office’s trademark database search page.
Doing Business As (DBA) or Fictitious names are also an option for an LLC.
A DBA (Doing Business As) name is a , trade name, or an assumed name, that the legal owners of a business register with the state.
There are no limits to the number of DBAs a business can use, as long as the DBA name is legally registered.
Again, you will want to make sure that you do a name search on any DBA names you are considering to make sure they are available.
You can learn all about What a DBA is here.
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USPTO.gov "Trademarks search" Page 1 . April 19, 2021