How to Search Available LLC Names in Connecticut
1. Check Connecticut 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 Connecticut LLC names include:
- Your name must contain the words “limited liability company” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.” or “LLC”. “Limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.,” and “company” may be abbreviated as “Co.”
- 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.
Additionally, Connecticut prohibits any words that imply that the company is organized for anything other than its permitted purpose.
For more information, check out Connecticut’s official state statutes.
2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search
Once you know your LLC name meets Connecticut guidelines, it’s time to make sure it’s available by using the Connecticut Business Registry Search tool.
It is important that your name be distinguishable from all other business names. In Connecticut, a distinguishable name is one that is different from any other name
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 Connecticut, 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 Connecticut 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 are filed by mail with the Connecticut Secretary of the State. The filing fee is $60.
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. Connecticut provides a section for your desired LLC name on the Certificate of Organization.
Registering a DBA (doing business as) name, known as a “trade name” in Connecticut, is a separate process that requires filing with the city or cities where you do business.
Connecticut LLC Name Search FAQ
How do I check if an LLC name is taken in Connecticut?
You can use the Connecticut Business Registry 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 a Connecticut 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.
Connecticut also prohibits any words that imply that the company is organized for anything other than its permitted purpose.
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. Connecticut 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 Connecticut?
No. Connecticut does not require LLCs to renew their legal name or any DBAs.
Can my business name be different from my LLC name in Connecticut?
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 trade name in Connecticut.
In Connecticut, trade names are filed with the city or cities where your LLC does business.
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 Connecticut DBAs by reading our guide to filing for a DBA and selecting Connecticut from the dropdown menu.