How to Search Available LLC Names in Arkansas
1. Check Arkansas LLC 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 Arkansas LLC names include:
- Your name must contain the words “Limited Liability Company” or “Limited Company” or the following abbreviations: L.L.C., L.C., LLC, or LC. The word “Limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.,” and the word “Company” may be abbreviated as “Co.”
- The name of an LLC that performs a professional service must contain the words "Professional Limited Liability Company" or "Professional Limited Company" or the following abbreviations: P.L.L.C., P.L.C., PLLC, PLC.
- Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business in the state. This includes any reserved names in Arkansas.
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.
For more information, check out Arkansas’s official state statutes.
2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search
Once you know your LLC name meets Arkansas guidelines, it’s time to make sure it’s available by searching the Arkansas Business Entity Search tool. You can search for both legal business names and fictitious names.
It is important that your name be distinguishable from all other business names. In Arkansas, this includes names of existing businesses as well as reserved names.
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 Arkansas, 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 Arkansas 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.
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. Arkansas provides a section for your desired LLC name on the Certificate of Organization.
Registering a DBA (doing business as) name, known as a fictitious name in Arkansas, is a separate process that requires filing with the Secretary of State.
Arkansas LLC Name Search FAQ
How do I check if an LLC name is taken in Arkansas?
You can use the Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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.
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. Arkansas 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 Arkansas?
No. Arkansas does not require LLCs to renew their legal name or any DBAs.
Can my business name be different from my LLC name in Arkansas?
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 fictitious name in Arkansas.
In Arkansas, fictitious 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 Arkansas DBAs by reading our guide to filing for a DBA and selecting Arkansas from the dropdown menu.