New Jersey LLC Name Search – How to Name Your LLC


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Forming an LLC requires a different business name, which must be unique and adheres to the guidelines. The great thing is New Jersey’s Division of Revenue page includes a name availability checker. Check out LLC Name Search to learn more.

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in learning more about starting an LLC in NJ or forming an LLC in general, you can check out How to Start an LLC.

How to Name an LLC in New Jersey

Time needed: 5 minutes

There are guidelines to follow in doing a New Jersey LLC name search. To learn more, check out LLC Naming Guidelines or read Foreign LLC Application for Registration if you’re planning to register a foreign LLC.

  1. Check Name Availability

    Search the Business Entity Records in New Jersey’s Official Division of Revenue 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 $50 filing fee (plus tax for online).

    File your Certificate of Formation and Name Reservation online on the Division of Revenue Online Services page of New Jersey. You may also download the pdf file of the Name reservation form and submit it with the processing fee to the NJ Division of Revenue, PO Box 308, Trenton, NJ 08646.

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 a New Jersey LLC Online Name Search

It is critical that you choose a name for your LLC. If you have a unique name for your LLC, you’ll need to look it up on the New Jersey state website to check if no other company is using it. Check out these hints to learn more.

Utilize the search engine for business entities in the state’s tool.

The New Jersey Department of Treasury will provide a business search website. This tool can help you determine whether the name you want is available for use by your company. It is only necessary to keep backup names, so they can be easily selected.

Enter your name

There are three kinds of searches that you can perform on the search page. You can look up the name of the entity, the entity ID, or a keyword. Just type in the detail required in the search field for the search type that you choose.

Run the search

There are two methods for locating the desired name. Enter the search term, then select the “contains” option. The names of businesses with the word you input would then be displayed. You can also choose “starts with.” This will return results for businesses with names that start with the word you input.

Searches will reveal information on the current incorporated date of companies, their type, city, and entity IDs.

F.A.Qs

What is a Trade Name?

A trade name (doing business as (DBA) name) is the official name under which a proprietor or company chooses to do business.

Is having a domain name necessary?

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.

What if my name is unavailable?

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.

How Do I Reserve an LLC Name in New Jersey

To reserve an LLC name in New Jersey you need to submit a name reservation request form to the New Jersey Secretary of State by mail or online by paying a filing fee of $50.

First and foremost, it is important to understand that reserving an LLC name is different from registering an LLC. When you reserve a name, you are essentially putting a hold on it for a certain period of time, usually up to 120 days. This gives you the opportunity to gather all the necessary paperwork and submit it to the state to officially register your LLC without the fear of someone else taking the name in the meantime.

To reserve an LLC name in New Jersey, the process can be done online or by mail. If you choose to do it online, you will need to visit the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services website and create an account. Once you have done that, you can search for the availability of the name you want to reserve and then fill out the necessary form and pay the required fee.

If you prefer to do it by mail, you will need to download the Name Reservation Request Form from the same website and fill it out completely. You will then need to mail the form along with a check or money order for the fee to the address provided on the form.

When choosing a name for your LLC, it is important to make sure that it is unique and does not sound too similar to any existing businesses in New Jersey. The name must also comply with the state’s naming guidelines, which can be found on the Division of Revenue website.

It is recommended that you have a few backup names in mind in case your first choice is already taken. This can save you time and frustration in the long run.

After you have successfully reserved your LLC name, you will need to move forward with the next steps of registering your business. This typically involves drafting and filing articles of organization, appointing a registered agent, and paying the necessary fees.

Overall, reserving an LLC name in New Jersey is a relatively simple process that can be completed in a timely manner. By following the steps outlined above, you can ensure that your chosen name is protected and ready for when you are ready to officially register your business.

Remember that the name you choose for your LLC is important as it will directly impact how customers perceive your business. So take your time, do your research, and choose a name that not only represents your business well but is also memorable and easy to spell. By doing so, you can set yourself up for success in the competitive New Jersey business landscape.

In Conclusion

LLC names are important as it is the main identity of your business. While naming your LLC make sure to choose the one that suits the nature of your business. Follow the naming guidelines before you start filing your LLC name

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