Nebraska LLC Name Search
How to Search Available LLC Names in Nebraska
1. Check Nebraska 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 Nebraska LLC names include:
- Your name must include the phrase “limited liability company” or “limited company” or one of their abbreviations (LLC, L.L.C., LC, or L.C.).
- Your name must not be the same as or deceptively similar to any existing business in the state. This includes Nebraska 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.
For more information, check out Nebraska’s official state statutes.
2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search
Once you know your LLC name meets Nebraska guidelines, it’s time to make sure it’s available by using the Nebraska Corporate & Business Search tool.
It is important that your name be distinguishable from all other business names. In Nebraska, this means your name cannot be the same as or deceptively similar to any other business names, including both existing and reserved names.
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 Nebraska, 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 Nebraska 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 by mail with the Nebraska Secretary of State. The filing fee is $15.
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. Nebraska provides a section for your desired LLC name on the Certificate of Organization.
Registering a DBA (doing business as) name, called a trade name in Nebraska, is a separate process that requires filing with the Secretary of State.
Nebraska LLC Name Search FAQ
How do I check if an LLC name is taken in Nebraska?
You can use the Nebraska Corporate & 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 Nebraska 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. Nebraska 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 Nebraska?
Nebraska does not require LLCs to renew their legal name, but trade names must be renewed every 10 years with the Secretary of State.
You can renew by calling the Secretary of State’s office at (402) 471-4079. The filing fee is $100.
Can my business name be different from my LLC name in Nebraska?
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 Nebraska.
In Nebraska, 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 Nebraska DBAs by reading our guide to filing for a DBA and selecting Nebraska from the dropdown menu.