How to Search Available LLC Names in Wyoming
1. Check Wyoming 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 Wyoming 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, L.C.). The word “limited” can be abbreviated as “ltd.,” and the word “company” can be abbreviated as “co.”
- A low profit limited liability company must contain one of the following: L3C, l3c, low profit ltd. liability company, low profit ltd. liability co., or low profit limited liability co.
- Your name must be distinguishable from any existing business in the state. This includes Wyoming 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.
Additionally, Wyoming has the following restrictions on LLC names:
- Your name cannot imply that the LLC is organized for a purpose other than one outlined in its articles of organization.
- Your name cannot contain a word or phrase that implies the LLC is organized under the Wyoming Business Corporation Act, the Wyoming Statutory Close Corporation Supplement, or the Nonprofit Corporation Act.
- You must have approval from the state Division of Banking to include any of the following words (or words of similar meaning): bank, banker, banc, bancorp, bancorporation, banque, banquers, banco, banca, trust.
- You must have approval from the state Department of Education to include any of the following words: academy, college, educate, education, educational, institute, institution, school, or university.
- The Wyoming Secretary of State requires an additional review of names that begin with the letter “A” followed by a space or punctuation, contain special characters, or are in a language other than English.
For more information, check out the Wyoming business naming guide.
2. Complete an LLC Business Name Search
Once you know your LLC name meets Wyoming guidelines, it’s time to make sure it’s available by using the Wyoming Business Entity Search tool.
It is important that your name be distinguishable from all other business names. In Wyoming, a distinguishable name is one that is substantively different from all other existing and reserved business names in the state.
The following differences do NOT make a business name distinguishable in Wyoming:
- Business entity type identifiers
- Singular, plural, possessive forms of words
- Punctuation and special characters
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 Wyoming, 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 Wyoming 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 Wyoming Secretary of State. The filing fee is $50.
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. Wyoming 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 Wyoming, is a separate process that requires filing with the Secretary of State.
Wyoming LLC Name Search FAQ
How do I check if an LLC name is taken in Wyoming?
You can use the Wyoming 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 Wyoming 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.
In Wyoming, you must have approval from the following institutions to use the following words:
- State Division of Banking: bank, banker, banc, bancorp, bancorporation, banque, banquers, banco, banca, trust
- State Department of Education: academy, college, educate, education, educational, institute, institution, school, or university.
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. Wyoming 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 Wyoming?
No. Wyoming 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 mail, and the filing fee is $50.
Can my business name be different from my LLC name in Wyoming?
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 Wyoming.
In Wyoming, 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 Wyoming DBAs by reading our guide to filing for a DBA and selecting Wyoming from the dropdown menu.