Forming an LLC requires a different business name, which must be unique and adheres to the guidelines. The great thing is Alaska’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 Alaska
Time needed: 10 minutes.
- Check Name Availability
Search the Business Entity Records in Alaska’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 Alaska. You may also download the pdf file of the Name reservation form and submit it with the processing fee to 550 W 7th AVE, STE 1500 Anchorage, AK 99501-3567 or P.O. Box 110806 Juneau, AK 99811-0806
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 Alaska LLC Online Name Search
It is important to have a name for the LLC and it also needs to be according to the guidelines of the state. So, when you get a name for the LLC, you need to search on the Alaska state website if it is unique and there is no business running by that name. Look at the following points and know about it,
Go to the search corporation database of Alaska
The Alaska Department of Commerce website provides you with a business entity search tool. This tool is used to search if the proposed name of your business is available for use. Make sure to prepare backup names, so you can select a name in one go.
Enter the name or part of the name
When you get to the search page, you will see two types of searches that you can perform. You can either do it with the name of the entity or the entity’s six-digit number. To begin the whole process, you need to enter the name or number of the entity in the blank space.
If you choose to do a search using a name or part of a name, you can also choose whether to get results of names that start with the word you typed or names that have the word you typed anywhere in it.
Perform the search
To finally search the name, there are two types of strategies. The first type of strategy is the one where you can type in the keyword and you have to check the option “contains”. This way, it will show the names of the competing businesses in Alaska. Or, there is another option and it is “starts with”. So if you type in the words that your business’s name starts with, this will give the results for the businesses that have the same name as you.
The search will provide the businesses and their status. The statuses can be involuntarily dissolved, good standing, expired name, active name, or voluntary dissolved. Among all these statuses, only voluntary dissolution is the only status that shows you can use the name of that business.
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.