Forming an LLC requires a different business name, which must be unique and adheres to the guidelines. The great thing is Alabama’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 Alabama
Time needed: 10 minutes.
- Check Name Availability
Search the Business Entity Records in Alabama’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 $25 filing fee (plus tax for online).
File your Certificate of Formation and Name Reservation online on the Secretary of State Online Services page of Alabama. You may also download the pdf file of the Name reservation form and submit it with the processing fee to Secretary of State Business Services P.O. Box 5616, Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5616.
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 to do an Alabama LLC Online Name Search
Business names are essential. Assume you’re starting an LLC in Alabama. However, choosing a name is hard, as customers will have to like it. To ensure that the name you want is still available, use a search. You can do an online search in several ways:
Search by the name
Once you get to the official business entity search page, you just need to type in the business name in the search field to find out if it has already been used. This is quite easy, but to get a more refined search, you may fill out other details such as the following:
- Place of formation
- Principal City
After entering these details, press the search button. You will see a much better search result on the screen. You can check them out to help you decide.
Search by entity number
Another option is searching for a business entity is by entering the unique six-digit entity ID number. You just have to type the entity number in the search field and then press the search button. You will get all information about the LLC registered under the entity ID. Make sure to check the search results to make your LLC stand out with a unique name.
Search by Agent, Officer, or Incorporator
Aside from the name and entity ID, you can also enter the person’s name connected with the business you want to search. You can type in the last name and the first name of the person you are trying to find. You may also want to indicate the place of formation of the LLC to get a better outcome.
Search by Month and Year
You can use the month and year when the entity was registered on the website of the Secretary of State to get all information about all entities registered within the specific month or year.
Search by Date
If the month and year search lead to many businesses, you should use the exact date when the business entity was formed or registered to get a more refined search. You can also use the place of formation to find all necessary details of the business.
Search by Reservation ID
Business entities are also required to have a business reservation number, which is generally found at the bottom-left corner of the reservation certificate. This reservation ID must be typed in to get the information about the specific entity. Since the reservation ID is unique, you will have a more precise search result.
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.