If you’re searching for the right business name for your Alaska C Corporation, we can help. We’ve got all the information you need on how to conduct an Alaska Division of Corporations business search, plus business naming rules, DBA names and trademarks.
General Rules for Corporation Names
These rules generally apply to all corporations, wherever they're formed.
The name you choose cannot be in use by any other business in the state. This is why it's so important to perform an Alaska Division of Corporations business entity search before you begin your incorporation paperwork.
It’s not enough for your corporation name to be unique. It also cannot be comparable to the name of another business in the state. In addition, you cannot use any of the following features in an attempt to differentiate your corporation name from that of another business:
- Suffixes, such as Corporation, Company, Incorporated, Incorporation, Limited, Corp., Co., Inc., etc.
- Definite articles, such as “A,” “An” or “The”
- The conjunction "And" or “&"
- Numbers in place of numerals (or vice versa), e.g., "One World" is the same as "1 World"
- The singular, plural or possessive forms of words
- Abbreviations, punctuation, symbols, fonts, typefaces, etc.
All corporations must use one of the following in their names, usually at the end of the name: “Incorporated,” “Corporation,” “Limited” or their abbreviations.
Most states will not allow you to incorporate with names that:
- Are similar to the name of a federal or state agency or organization (e.g., FBI, FDA, Alaska Department of Revenue, Alaska Rangers, Treasury, etc.)
- Suggest affiliation with a federal or state agency or organization
- Use the term “Olympic” or any terms that are trademarks of the International Olympic Committee
- Imply a purpose that would be illegal for your business to carry out
Specific Rules for Alaska Business Names
In addition to the general rules listed above, you'll need to follow Alaska corporation legislation that applies to naming your business.
For example, per the state's Corporations Code Title 10, Chapter 6, Article 2, § 10.06.105:
Coming Up with the Ideal Business Name
Finding the perfect business name can be tricky. We have a complete guide to choosing the right business name, but essentially, you'll want to choose a name that will:
Need help coming up with business name ideas? Try our free name generator.
Alaska Corporation Name Search
Once you have an idea of the name you want, perform an Alaska business entity search to make sure another company isn't already using that name.
You can use the state's corporation database to perform a name search.
You can also use our simple and convenient Business Name Search tool, which will search the state's business registry for you.
Trademarks and Service Marks
You must be careful that your Alaska corporation name doesn't infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. The easiest way to ensure you're not infringing is to perform a trademark search through Incfile. If the trademark isn't already in use, you can even register it yourself.
Register a DBA in Alaska
You may do business under a name different from your corporation's legal name. While many states refer to this as a trade name, fictitious name or an assumed name, it's a "doing business as" (DBA) in Alaska. You may decide to use a DBA for a variety of reasons.
For example, your primary business may be called North Star Hospitality, Inc., and you have a chain called North Star Tours. You could register a DBA just for that brand. You'd do that by filing a New Business Name Registration form, or you can have Incfile do it on your behalf with our DBA service.
Important: Current Alaska Statutes do not restrict issuing multiple business licenses with the exact same name. The Division of Corporations is required to issue a business license, even if exclusive rights to a name have been secured. In order to keep your business names unique, you can also use the Alaska Corporations Database and perform an Alaska DBA search to find out whether any other companies are already using the DBA you want. We can also help you with this via our DBA name service.
Note: A trade name is not the same as a trademark. Learn more about trademark vs. DBA.
Register Your Business Name with the Alaska Division of Corporations
You’ve performed an Alaska Division of Corporations business entity search, checked availability, followed the naming rules and determined whether you need a DBA. Now you can register your corporation name in one of two ways.