Utah LLC Name Search

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

SKIP AHEAD:

1. Check Utah LLC Naming Guidelines

2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search

3. Complete a Domain Name Search

How to Search Available LLC Names in Utah

1. Check Utah 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 Utah LLC names include:

  • Your name must include the phrase “limited liability company” or “limited company” or one of their abbreviations (L.L.C., LLC, L.C., or LC). “Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.," and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co."

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

Utah also has the following restrictions for LLC names:

  • Your name cannot include the following words or abbreviations: association, corporation, incorporated, limited partnership, or L.P.

  • You need approval from certain agencies to include certain restricted words in your name: 
    • Utah Division of Consumer Protection: College, Institute, University, Institution
    • United States Olympic Committee: Olympic, Olympiad, Citius Altius Fortius
    • Department of Financial Institutions: Bank, Banker, Banking, Banc, Banque, Banco, Bancorp, Bancorporation, Bankcard, Bancard, Savings Association, Building Association, Savings and Loan Assoc., Building and Loan Assoc., Savings Bank, Industrial Loan Corp., ILC, Thrift, Credit Union, Trust, Trustee, Trust Company, ESCROW, escrow

  • Your name cannot suggest in any way that the LLC is an agency of the state or any of its political subdivisions.

  • Your name cannot imply that the LLC was organized for a purpose other than the one outlined in its articles of organization. 

For more information, check out the Utah Department of Commerce website.

2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search

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

It is important that your name be distinguishable from all other business names. In Utah, a distinguishable name is one that is substantively different from all other existing or reserved business names in the state.

The following differences make a name distinguishable in Utah:

  • Different key words
  • Different order of the same key words
  • Creative spelling of the same words


The following differences do NOT make a name distinguishable in Utah:

  • Business entity type identifiers
  • Words or symbols of the words "the," "and," "a," or "plus”
  • Punctuation or special characters
  • Capitalization
  • Singular vs. plural forms
  • Spacing
  • Abbreviations

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 Utah, 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 Utah 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 via hard copy with the Utah Department of Commerce. The filing fee is $22.

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. Utah provides a section for your desired LLC name on the Certificate of Organization.

Registering a DBA (doing business as) name, called an assumed name in Utah, is a separate process that requires filing with the Department of Commerce.

Utah LLC Name Search FAQ

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

You can use the Utah Business Name 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 Utah 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.

Utah LLCs need approval to include the following words in their names: 

  • College, Institute, University, Institution, Olympic, Olympiad, Citius Altius Fortius, Bank, Banker, Banking, Banc, Banque, Banco, Bancorp, Bancorporation, Bankcard, Bancard, Savings Association, Building Association, Savings and Loan Assoc., Building and Loan Assoc., Savings Bank, Industrial Loan Corp., ILC, Thrift, Credit Union, Trust, Trustee, Trust Company, ESCROW, escrow

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. Utah 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 Utah?

No. Utah does not require LLCs to renew their legal name, but assumed names must be renewed every three years with the Department of Commerce. 

You can renew online, and the filing fee is $27.

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

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 Utah.

In Utah, assumed names are filed with the Department of Commerce.

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 Utah DBAs by reading our guide to filing for a DBA and selecting Utah from the dropdown menu.

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