How to Search Available LLC Names in Arizona
1. Check Arizona Naming Guidelines
Before you do a name availability search, it makes sense to check if your business name meets the basic state guidelines.
Some key guidelines for Arizona LLC names include:
- Your name must contain the following words or abbreviations: limited liability company, limited company, L.L.C., L.C., LLC, or LC.
- Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business in your state.
Keep an eye out for restricted words. These words, such as “FBI” or “Treasury,” are often restricted to keep your LLC from sounding like an official institution.
Arizona LLC names also cannot contain the words "association," "corporation," "incorporated," or an abbreviation of those words.
For more information, check out the Arizona Corporation Commission website.
2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search
Once you know your LLC name meets Arizona guidelines, it’s time to make sure it’s available by searching the Arizona eCorp Business Entity Search tool.
It is important that your name be distinguishable from all other business names. In Arizona, a distinguishable name is one that is different from other trade or entity names. However, Arizona has a long list of differences that do and do not qualify as making a name distinguishable.
The following differences make a name distinguishable in Arizona:
- Prepositions and conjunctions
- Words in a different order
- Words spelled differently or creatively
- Abbreviations and unabbreviated versions of words
- The symbols %, $, +, =, @ and their corresponding words
- Roman numerals and words representing numbers
- The presence of the word “Arizona”
- Plural form of words
- Untranslated non-English words
The following differences do NOT make a name distinguishable in Arizona:
- Business entity identifiers (such as LLC, LLP, etc.)
- Spaces between words
- Case of letters
- Ampersand (&) versus "and"
- Arabic numerals and words representing these numerals
- Articles "a", "an" and "the"
Failure to use a distinguishable name could result in your formation filing being rejected.
What if my LLC name is already taken? If your LLC name is unavailable in Arizona, it’s time to come up with some new ideas.
How to Reserve or Register Your Business Name
Reserve Your Name
You can optionally reserve your LLC name in Arizona for up to 120 days before you officially register it. This prevents other businesses from registering your name until you have the opportunity to register it yourself.
Name reservations can be filed online with the Arizona Corporation Commission. The filing fee is $45.
Register Your Name
If you want to register a legal entity name for your LLC, you can do so at the time of formation filing. Arizona provides a section for your desired LLC name on the Articles of Organization.
Registering a DBA (doing business as) name, called a trade name in Arizona, is a separate process that requires filing with the Secretary of State.
Arizona LLC Name Search FAQ
How do I check if an LLC name is taken in Arizona?
You can use the Arizona eCorp Business Entity Search tool to see if your preferred business name is available.
Should I name my LLC after myself?
While there’s no rule against naming an LLC after yourself, most experts advise against doing this.
One of the benefits of starting an LLC is the ability to choose a different name for your business, which can make it sound more professional.
What words can’t be used in an Arizona LLC name?
Business names generally can’t include words that imply the company is a banking or financial institution or that it’s affiliated with a local, state, or federal government agency.
Additionally, Arizona LLC names cannot contain the words "association," "corporation," "incorporated," or an abbreviation of those words.
Should I use an LLC name generator?
If you’re having trouble choosing a name for your LLC, an LLC name generator can help you come up with some ideas.
What is a brand name?
A brand name is a name a company gives to a product or line of products. It can be the same as the company’s name or something different.
Do I have to include LLC in my name?
Yes. Arizona requires that its LLCs use “Limited Liability Company” or one of its abbreviations (e.g., LLC or L.L.C.) in their legal name.
Do I need to renew my business name in Arizona?
Arizona does not require LLCs to renew their legal name, but DBAs must be renewed every five years with the Secretary of State.
You can renew online, and the filing fee is $10.
Can my business name be different from my LLC name in Arizona?
Some companies choose to operate under a name that’s different from their legal name. This can either be called a “doing business as” (DBA) name or a trade name in Arizona.
In Arizona, trade names are filed with the Secretary of State.
Does my LLC need a DBA name?
Your LLC doesn’t need a DBA name unless it plans to do business under a name other than its legal name. Learn more about Arizona DBAs by reading our guide to filing for a DBA and selecting Arizona from the dropdown menu.