How to Check LLC Name Availability in Delaware

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Before you form an LLC, register a trade name, or start a corporation, you'll need to complete a business name search with the Delaware Name Availability Search tool to see if your name is unique.

In our Delaware LLC Name Search guide, we'll show you exactly how to check LLC name availability in Delaware.

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Complete a Delaware Name Availability Search

Complete a Domain Name Search

Register Your Business Name


Delaware LLC Name Search

The Delaware Department of State requires all business names to be distinguishable from other business entities in the state.

It's also important to search for a matching domain name (URL).

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How to Search Available LLC Names

You can check your business name availability by searching the Delaware Name Availability Search online database.

How to Check Available Domain Names

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 Register Your Business Name

Register Your Name

An LLC name is officially registered when you file your LLC application documents and form an LLC.

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Registering a DBA in Delaware (also known as a trade name) is a separate process that requires filing with the county where your business is located.

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.

Delaware Naming Requirements

Some key guidelines for Delaware LLC names include:

  • Your name must include the phrase “Limited Liability Company,” the abbreviation “L.L.C.,” or the designation “LLC.”
  • Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business in the state. This includes Delaware reserved names.

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.

Delaware also has the following restrictions for LLC names:

  • Your name cannot imply that the LLC is organized for an unlawful purpose.
  • Your name cannot include the word “bank,” or any variation of the word without approval from the State Bank Commissioner.

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

Distinguishability

It is important that your name be distinguishable from all other business names. In Delaware, a distinguishable name is one that is substantively different from all other existing or reserved business names in the state.

Failure to use a distinguishable name could result in your formation filing being rejected.

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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 business name is available.

Learn more about business entity name availability in the How to Search Available LLC Names section.

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.

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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 imply that the LLC is organized for an unlawful purpose or include any variation of the word “bank” without permission.

Learn more about LLC naming requirements in the Delaware Naming Requirements section.

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.

Learn more about branding with your business entity name with our How to Name an LLC guide.

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.

Learn more about LLC naming requirements in the Delaware Naming Requirements section.

Do I need to renew my business name in Delaware?

Delaware doesn't require LLCs to renew their name.

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, LLC trade names are filed with the applicable county office.

Learn more about trade names with our Delaware DBA guide.

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.