Are there restrictions on names for an LLC in California?


I'm forming a LLC in California in the coming months and I have come up with a few good names. Can I simply pick the one I like best and run with it (have graphics made, etc) or is there a chance that my name will be rejected when I submit the LLC application?

LLC California Naming

asked Apr 17 '12 at 01:25
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Here's California's statute on the matter, search for "17052": In a nutshell, it has to either contain the words "limited liability company" or end in "LLC" or "L.L.C.", cannot be a name that's likely to mislead the public, cannot be the same as another LLC or corporation, and cannot use the words "bank," "trust," "corporation," "incorporated", etc...

There are probably some practical limitations imposed by the Secretary of States' office -- they probably wouldn't allow you to use an "unpronounceable symbol" a la the artist formerly known as "Prince," for example.

Usually, it's best either to form the LLC, or at least to reserve the name, before spending much money or effort in reliance on that name.

answered Apr 17 '12 at 01:46
Chris Fulmer
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  • Most states also ban the use of the words "engineer", "engineering", "architext", etc **unless** you are a licensed enginer, por architect. – Gary E 10 years ago


The problem with names is that it's hard to get a ".com" address for it usually. So while you can pretty much name your company legally using any name (that is not already taken by a large brand, don't call your company "Apple, Inc." obviously), whay website will your business card show?

No one cares about your legal name otherwise.

answered Apr 17 '12 at 01:37
Alain Raynaud
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