How to Search Available LLC Names in Idaho
1. Check Idaho 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 Idaho LLC names include:
- Your name must contain one of the following terms or abbreviations: limited liability company, limited company, L.L.C., LLC, L.C., or LC. "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.," and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co."
- If the LLC is a professional entity (such as a law firm), the name may include the word "professional" before the word "limited" or the letter "P" at the beginning of any of the permitted abbreviations.
- Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business registered with the Idaho Secretary of 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.
For more information, check out Idaho’s official state statutes.
2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search
Once you know your LLC name meets Idaho guidelines, it’s time to make sure it’s available by using the Idaho Business Search tool.
It is important that your name be distinguishable from all other business names. In Idaho, a distinguishable name is one that is substantially different from another name. Suffixes such as LLC and Corp. are not considered substantial differences.
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 Idaho, 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 Idaho 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. Idaho provides a section for your desired LLC name on the Certificate of Organization.
Registering a DBA (doing business as) name, called an assumed business name in Idaho, is a separate process that requires filing with the Secretary of State.
Idaho LLC Name Search FAQ
How do I check if an LLC name is taken in Idaho?
You can use the Idaho Business 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 Idaho 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. Idaho 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 Idaho?
No. Idaho does not require LLCs to renew their legal name or any DBAs.
Can my business name be different from my LLC name in Idaho?
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 an assumed business name in Idaho.
In Idaho, assumed business 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 Idaho DBAs by reading our guide to filing for a DBA and selecting Idaho from the dropdown menu.