Your Delaware business entity needs the perfect name, and we’re here to help. In this section we’ll guide you through searching the DE Division of Corporations business register, tell you about the rules for naming your business, describe “Doing Business As (DBA)” names and get you started with registering your LLC.
You should start naming your business by completing a “Delaware business entity search” with the Division of Corporations. They have a helpful tool on their website that lets you search the register of DE LLCs and corporations to see if someone already has your desired business name. All you need to do is enter the DE business name in the “Entity Name” field and click “Search.
If the business name is already used, that means it’s not available and you won’t be able to register it. Try searching for a different business name instead.
Once you’ve decided on a name for your LLC and checked business name availability, you’ll need to meet Delaware Division of Corporations naming rules. These do vary from state to state — we’ve got general naming rules below, as well as naming rules specific to LLC businesses formed in DE.
These rules typically apply to all LLCs, no matter what state they are formed in. You will need to pay attention to these rules as they will influence the name you choose for your Delaware LLC.
The business name you have chosen cannot be used by any other LLC or corporation in the state of Delaware. This is why you should check business name availability on the DE DOC website.
It’s not enough for your DE LLC name to be unique. It also cannot be similar to the name of a corporation or LLC in Delaware. For example, you cannot use the following factors to say your name is different from the name of another business:
All LLCs must have the words “Limited Liability Company,” “L.L.C.” or “LLC” in their name. These words should normally come at the end of the name.
Most states will not allow you to form LLCs with names that:
In addition to the general rules listed above, the Delaware Division of Corporations has some specific business naming rules for your LLC. You will need to follow these rules if you want to name your DE business appropriately.
You might choose to do business under a different name from your legal LLC name. In Delaware, doing business under a different name is known as a “Doing Business As (DBA)” name. You might choose to use a different name from your DE formal LLC name for a variety of reasons.
For example, your LLC might be called Delaware Corporate Construction Holding Company LLC, and you have a chain called Wilmington Building Supplies. You should file a DBA form with the Delaware courts in your county. You can have Incfile do this on your behalf through our Assumed Business Name service.
Once you’ve searched for your Delaware business name, checked availability, followed the naming rules and decided whether or not you need a fictitious name, you can register your DE LLC name. There are a couple of ways to do this.
You might find the following answers useful.
Just go to the business name search tool and enter your proposed business name. You can search the register of the Delaware Division of Corporations, which will tell you if there are any DE corporations or LLCs with that name.
Yes. Most LLCs will be bound by general rules (applicable to all LLCs) and specific rules (applicable in the state of Delaware). We’ve detailed these rules above.
Yes. Known as “assumed names,” “fictitious names,” “doing business as names” or “trade names,” you can choose to conduct business under a different name.
Yes. The Delaware Division of Corporations allows you to reserve a name if you don’t want to start your business immediately. If you are ready to start your business now, you do not need to reserve a name.
You might find these resources helpful.
You must be careful that your Delaware LLC name does not infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. The easiest way to make sure your proposed business name does not infringe is to carry out a trademark search through Incfile. If it doesn’t infringe, you can even register it as a trademark yourself.
The perfect business name can be elusive. We have a complete guide to choosing the right business name, but basically, you'll want to choose a name that will:
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This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.
Due Date: June 1st
Filing Fee: $300
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