How to Do a Business Name Search in Idaho

1. Idaho Naming Guidelines

Before you begin your search for a business name, we recommend that your business name meet the guidelines.

The first step to starting an LLC is choosing a company name. Choose a name that is easy to search by potential clients and conforms with Idaho’s naming requirements.

Follow these naming guidelines:

  • Your name must contain the phrase “limited-liability company” or one its abbreviations (LLC, L.L.C. ).
  • Your name cannot contain words that could cause confusion between your LLC and a government agency (FBI or Treasury, State Department, etc.). ).
  • Restricted words (e.g. Bank, Attorney, and University may need additional paperwork, as well as the participation of a licensed individual such a doctor or lawyer to your LLC.

2. Search for Idaho business names

To check the availability of your chosen name, use Idaho’s Business Entity Search before you submit your name reservation request. For the best search results, enter the name you want to use.

You can search for just the first two words of your business name to find all similar names.

3. Find Available Domain Names

Another important consideration when choosing a business name is whether your desired web domain is available. It is crucial to have a URL that matches your Idaho business name. Even though it seems small, this can make a huge difference in how potential customers find you business.

4. Register Your Idaho Business Entity Name

All LLC naming queries and requests are handled by the Idaho Secretary of State. You can reserve business names for up to 4 months.

You can either file an online application or mail it to reserve your business name. You will need to register an account on the website of the Secretary of State if you are filing online. To avoid rejection, make sure you do a thorough search before submitting your application.

A filing fee will be required to reserve your name. You will need to send a check made payable to the “Secretary of State.” An additional processing fee will be required if you submit your application by mail.

Although it is easy to reserve the name of your LLC, there are other factors you need to consider when choosing the right name for your company. To see if your name is available for use on the internet, you might want to conduct a Trademark or Social Media Search. This will ensure that you can use your business name in any way you want.

Trademark Search

It is a good idea to conduct a trademark search on your business name, as well as any associated slogans and logos, before you register. This will help avoid costly litigation down the road. It does not mean that you cannot use your business name if it is trademarked by another entity.

It is vital to find out who uses the name and what industry they work in to ensure that you don’t inadvertently violate any intellectual property rights.

This is the final step.

  • To find out if your company name, associated logos, slogans or other trademarks are being used in Idaho, search Idaho’s trademark database.
  • To find federally registered trademarks that are associated with your business name, search the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office electronic records.

Social Media Search

It is just as important or more important than finding the right domain name for your business to ensure that your business name can be used across all social media platforms. This can be done by simply searching for your business name on every major website.

Bottom line

It is important to have a business name. This is also a crucial step in creating a successful LLC. After you have chosen your preferred name through Idaho’s Business Entity Search you will need to secure your domain so your customers can find you online. You will stand out among the rest by reserving your name using an Application to Reservation of Entity Name. Once you have your name secure, it is time to start formalizing your LLC.

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