Before forming a Connecticut LLC, all businesses must complete a Connecticut Business Name Search.
Below, we’ll show how to check LLC availability using our Connecticut Secretary Of State Business Search guide.
Connecticut Business Name Search
Connecticut 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. You should choose a name that is easy to search by potential clients and conforms to Connecticut’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.
Step #1: Search for a Connecticut business name
To verify the availability of your chosen name, use Connecticut’s Business Records Search before you submit your name reservation request. For the best search, enter the name that you want to use. This will return all entities with the same or similar name.
You can search the entire name of your business, or just the first two words. This will ensure that you find all similar names. To avoid rejection, make sure you do a thorough search prior to submitting your paperwork.
Step #2: Find Available Domain Names
When choosing a business name, another important consideration is whether your desired web domain is available. It is crucial to have a URL that matches your business name. Even though it seems small, this can make a huge difference in how potential customers find you business.
Searching online for your desired URL using your preferred domain registry such as GoDaddy is the best way to find out if it is available.
Step #3: Register Your Connecticut Business Entity Name
All LLC naming queries and requests are handled by Connecticut’s Secretary of State Business Services Division. You can reserve business names for up to 120 days.
You must submit an Application for Reservation Of Name online, by post, or in person to reserve a business name. To avoid rejection, make sure you do a thorough search prior to submitting your application. You will need to pay a filing fee when you reserve your name. You must make checks payable to the “Secretary for State.”