Indiana LLC Name Search

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Before you form an LLC, you will need to complete a business name search with the Indiana Business 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 Indiana.

SKIP AHEAD:

1. Check Indiana LLC Naming Guidelines

2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search

3. Complete a Domain Name Search

How to Search Available LLC Names in Indiana

1. Check Indiana 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 Indiana LLC names include:

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

  • Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business in the state. This includes Indiana reserved business 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. Additionally, you must have approval from the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions to use the word “bank” (or any variation) in your LLC’s name.

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

2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search

Once you know your LLC name meets Indiana guidelines, it’s time to make sure it’s available by using the Indiana Business Search tool.

It is important that your name be distinguishable from all other business names. In Indiana, a distinguishable name is one that is substantially different from another business name.

In Indiana, the following differences make a name distinguishable:

  • Different letters, numerals, or words.
  • Different order of letters or numerals
  • Different order of roots of the words

The following differences do NOT make a name distinguishable:

  • Differences in business identifiers (e.g., LLC, Corp., etc.)
  • Use of articles (e.g., a, the)
  • Differences in punctuation
  • Differences in capitalization
  • Plurals or possessives
  • Hyphenation or combined words
  • Use of "and" vs. "&"
  • Use of Arabic, Roman, or spelled-out numbers

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 Indiana, 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 Indiana 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 with the Indiana Secretary of State. The filing fee is $10.

You can also renew your name reservation online within 30 days of expiration.

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. Indiana provides a section for your desired LLC name on the Articles of Organization.

Registering a DBA (doing business as) name, called an assumed business name in Indiana, is a separate process that requires LLCs to file with the Secretary of State.

Indiana LLC Name Search FAQ

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

You can use the Indiana 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 Indiana LLC name?

Business names generally can’t include words that imply the company is affiliated with a local, state, or federal government agency.

Additionally, you must have approval from the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions to use the word “bank” (or any variation) in your LLC’s name.

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. Indiana 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 Indiana?

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

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

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 Indiana.

In Indiana, LLC 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 Indiana DBAs by reading our guide to filing for a DBA and selecting Indiana from the dropdown menu.

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