Delaware LLC Name Search

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Before you form an LLC, you will need to complete a business name search with the Delaware Name Availability Search tool to check if your LLC name is available.

In our LLC Name Search guide, we will show you exactly how to look up available business names for free in Delaware.

SKIP AHEAD:

1. Check Delaware LLC Naming Guidelines

2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search

3. Complete a Domain Name Search

How to Search Available LLC Names in Delaware

1. Check Delaware 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 Delaware LLC names include:

  • Your name must include the phrase “limited liability company,” or one of its abbreviations (LLC or L.L.C.).

  • Your name may contain the following words: Company, Association, Club, Foundation, Fund, Institute, Society, Union, Syndicate, Limited, Public Benefit, or Trust.

  • Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business in the 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, Delaware LLC names cannot contain the word “bank,” or any variation unless the company is authorized as a bank by the state. However, the word “bank,” or any variation, can be used if the context clearly doesn’t refer to a banking business or mislead the public about the nature of the business.

For more information, check out Delaware’s official state statutes.

2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search

Once you know your LLC name meets Delaware guidelines, it’s time to make sure it’s available by using the Delaware Name Availability Search tool. You must select the entity type (e.g., LLC, Corporation, etc.) to complete the search.

It is important that your name be distinguishable from all other business names. In Delaware, a distinguishable name is one that is different from any other business name on record with the Secretary of State.

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 Delaware, it’s time to come up with some new ideas. 

Use this guide to naming your business to learn some brainstorming tips. You can also use our free LLC name generator to come up with some name ideas.

3. Complete a Domain Name Search

When deciding on a name for your LLC, you should make sure that a similar or exact domain name is available. A matching URL will help potential customers find your LLC faster.

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How to Reserve or Register Your Business Name

Reserve Your Name

You can optionally reserve your LLC name in Delaware 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 or by mail with the Delaware Department of State. The filing fee is $75.

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. Delaware provides a section for your desired LLC name on the Certificate of Formation.

Registering a DBA (doing business as) name, called a trade name in Delaware, is a separate process that requires filing with the county or counties where you do business.

Delaware LLC Name Search FAQ

How do I check if an LLC name is taken in Delaware?

You can use the Delaware Name Availability Search tool to see if your preferred business name is available.

How do I complete a Delaware business name search?

You can use the Delaware General Information Name Search tool to look up existing businesses in the state.

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 Delaware 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, Delaware LLC names cannot contain the word “bank,” or any variation unless the company is authorized as a bank by the state. However, the word “bank,” or any variation, can be used if the context clearly doesn’t refer to a banking business or mislead the public about the nature of the business.

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. Delaware 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 Delaware?

No. Delaware does not require LLCs to renew their legal name or any DBAs.

Can my business name be different from my LLC name in Delaware?

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 Delaware.

In Delaware, trade names are filed with the county or counties where you do 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 Delaware DBAs by reading our guide to filing for a DBA and selecting Delaware from the dropdown menu.

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