Minnesota LLC Name Search
How to Search Available LLC Names in Minnesota
1. Check Minnesota 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 Minnesota LLC names include:
- Your name must include the phrase “limited liability company” or the abbreviation “LLC.”
- 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.
Minnesota has the following LLC name restrictions:
- Your name cannot contain the words "corporation" or "incorporated" or abbreviations of either word.
- Your name cannot imply that the LLC is organized for a non-permitted purpose.
For more information, check out Minnesota’s official state statutes.
2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search
Once you know your LLC name meets Minnesota guidelines, it’s time to make sure it’s available by using the Minnesota Business Entity Search tool.
It is important that your name be distinguishable from all other business names. In Minnesota, a distinguishable name is one that is substantively different from all other business names registered or reserved in the 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 Minnesota, 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 Minnesota for up to 12 months before you officially register it. This prevents other businesses from registering your name until you have the opportunity to register it yourself.
You can also file for 12-month reservation extensions if needed.
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. Minnesota provides a section for your desired LLC name on the Articles of Organization.
Registering a DBA (doing business as) name, called an assumed name in Minnesota, is a separate process that requires filing with the Secretary of State.
Minnesota LLC Name Search FAQ
How do I check if an LLC name is taken in Minnesota?
You can use the Minnesota Business Entity 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 Minnesota 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.
Minnesota LLC names cannot contain the words "corporation" or "incorporated" or abbreviations of either word.
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. Minnesota requires that its LLCs use “Limited Liability Company” or one of its abbreviations (e.g., LLC or L.L.C.) in their legal name.
Can my business name be different from my LLC name in Minnesota?
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 name in Minnesota.
In Minnesota, assumed 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 Minnesota DBAs by reading our guide to filing for a DBA and selecting Minnesota from the dropdown menu.