Forming an LLC requires a different business name, which must be unique and adheres to the guidelines. The great thing is Arizona’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 Arizona
Time needed: 10 minutes.
- Check Name Availability
Search the Business Entity Records in Arizona’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 $45 filing fee (plus tax for online).
File your Certificate of Formation and Name Reservation online on the Secretary of State Online Services page of Arizona. You may also download the pdf file of the Name reservation form and submit it with the processing fee to 1300 W. Washington Street Phoenix, AZ 85007-2996
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 Arizona LLC Online Name Search
We all know that it is so important to have a unique and distinguishable name for the LLC. Without the name, it won’t be possible for customers to have good knowledge about the company. So, selecting a name can be a very tricky yet confusing process for a lot of people. But what if the name you decided was already taken by some other LLC? That can be really bad.
But what if you choose some options of names and check on a prior basis if they are available or not? That can help a lot and it can also help the owner not to waste any time filing for the certificate of formation too. So here, check out how you can search for the potential names on the official website of the Secretary of State of Arizona
You can search for the business entity by searching for the name. You just have to type in the potential name that you think goes well for the company. Once you do that, just press the search button and you will get the results.
By File number
You can add the file number, trademark, or partnership file number in this one. Once you fill in the file number, all you have to do is press the search option and the results would pop up.
By the name of the owner or the agent
If you select the option of owner or agent and fill in the name of the people, you will get the results of business entities that are related. You will be able to check the name of the entity and other information about it with the help of this.
Things to keep in mind
- If a message about no search results pops up, then it means that the name is not being issued by any other company.
- If the name you searched for brings out a result, then the name is not available for use.
- If the results have similar names but not exactly what you were looking for, then the name is not unique and distinguishable at all.
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.