The first step we take when processing your order is to check name availability. If your name(s) are not available we will notify you immediately and keep checking additional choices until we get one that the state will accept.
Please provide us with 2 new name choices via email (we need them in writing for accuracy) and we’ll search to see if they are available or not.
View these guidelines to assist you in coming up with new name choices.
First off, review the Name Availability Guidelines below to see what makes one name different from another — this will make picking a new name easier for you.
Checking for availability of your name yourself will not necessarily give you accurate results as there are many rules and nuances from state to state. We utilize our extensive experience in forming companies in every state to determine name availability. You can rest assured if we found the name unavailable — it is indeed unavailable (and we always double-check directly with the state).
You may have registered the name at the local level (as a DBA, FBN or Trade Name) but that is separate from registering a company name at the state level which must be distinct from all other entities in your state.
You can file at the state level with a different name and then change your DBA, FBA or Trade Name to reflect that the new owner of that local name is the company, not you as an individual.
For example, John Smith owns the DBA “Quick Kleen Services” as an individual. Because someone has already registered “Quick Kleen Services, LLC” at the state level, John will simply name his new LLC “John Smith Services, LLC”. He will then go to the filing office where he registered his DBA and change his DBA from being owned by him personally, to being owned by the new LLC.
Hence, he will be “John Smith Services, LLC” doing business as “Quick Kleen Services”. Problem solved!
This same principle applies even if you don’t have an existing DBA. If you really want a business name, you can name your entity anything (as long as it’s available) and then go to your local filing office and get a DBA for the name you truly want.