Louisiana LLC Name Search

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

SKIP AHEAD:

1. Check Louisiana LLC Naming Guidelines

2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search

3. Complete a Domain Name Search

How to Search Available LLC Names in Louisiana

1. Check Louisiana 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 Louisiana LLC names include:

  • Your name must include the phrase “limited liability company” or the abbreviations LLC or LC.

  • Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business in the state. This includes Louisiana reserved names.

  • Names of low-profit limited liability companies must have the words "low-profit limited liability company," the abbreviation "L3C," or the abbreviation "l3c."

  • Your name cannot imply that the LLC is organized for any unlawful purpose or one not outlined in its articles of organization.

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.

Louisiana also has the following LLC name restrictions:

  • You must have approval to include certain words:

    • You must have approval from the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board to include the words "engineer," "engineering," "surveyor," "surveying," (or any variations).

    • You must have approval from the Louisiana Commissioner of the Office of Financial Institutions to include any of the following words: bank, banker, banking, savings, safe deposit, trust, trustee, building and loan, homestead, or credit union.

    • Your name cannot include the word “insurance” unless the LLC is an independent insurance agency or brokerage firm.

  • Your name cannot contain the phrase "doing business as" or the abbreviation "d/b/a".

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

2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search

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

It is important that your name be distinguishable from all other business names. In Louisiana, a distinguishable name is one that is substantially different from the name of another corporate, LLC, or trade name that is registered or reserved.

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 Louisiana, 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana Secretary of State. The filing fee is $25.

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

Registering a DBA (doing business as) name, called a trade name in Louisiana, is a separate process that requires filing with the Secretary of State.

Louisiana LLC Name Search FAQ

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

You can use the Louisiana Business Filings 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 Louisiana 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.

Louisiana also prohibits LLCs from having the following words in their names without prior state approval: engineer, engineering, surveyor, surveying, bank, banker, banking, savings, safe deposit, trust, trustee, building and loan, homestead, credit union, insurance, DBA.

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. Louisiana 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 Louisiana?

Louisiana does not require LLCs to renew their legal name, but trade names must be renewed every ten years.

You can renew online or by mail. The filing fee is $75.

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

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 Louisiana.

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

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