Florida Name Lookup and Registration for Your Florida Corporation
You need the right name for your Florida corporation. Choosing the right name is vital because it tells your suppliers, customers and employees what your business does. The Florida Division of Corporations has several rules and regulations about what you can call your new business. Let’s explore what they are.
Florida Corporation Search
Before you can name your FL corporation, you need to make sure there aren’t any other businesses in Florida with that name. That means searching the Florida Secretary of State website using their business search tool. You can easily look up FL corporations by name and other details.
If your S Corporation or C Corporation name is already used by any type of business entity in Florida, that means it’s not available and you won’t be able to register it. Try searching for a different FL corporation name instead.Florida Division of Corporations corporation name search tool
Florida Division of Corporations Rules for Naming Your Corporation
Once you’ve checked whether another business in FL is using your corporation name and confirmed availability, you’ll need to understand Florida Division of Corporations naming rules.
General Corporation Naming Rules
The rules below generally apply to all corporations, wherever they are formed.
All FL Registered Corporations Must Have a Unique Name
The name you have chosen for your S Corporation or C Corporation cannot be used by any other registered business in the state of Florida. This is why you must check business name availability on the FL Secretary of State website.
Your FL Corporation Name Must Not Be Confusable With Another Business Name
Not only must your FL corporation name be unique, it cannot be similar to another corporation or LLC name in Florida. You cannot use the following factors to say your name is different from the name of another business:
- Suffixes, such as Corporation, Company, Incorporated, Incorporation, Limited, Corp., Co., Inc., Ltd., LLC, etc.
- Definite articles like “A,” “And,” “An,” “&,” “The,” etc.
- The singular, plural or possessive forms of a word
- Abbreviations, punctuation, symbols, fonts, typefaces, etc.
For example, you can’t claim that Purple People Co., Purple People Corporation, Purple People Incorporated, Purple People Corp. or Purple People are different from one another.
Your Florida Corporation Name Must Contain Certain Words
The name of your business typically needs to contain the words “Corporation,” “Incorporated” or “Limited,” normally at the end of the name. These suffixes can be abbreviated.
Other General Rules on Naming Your Florida Corporation
The Florida Division of Corporations will not typically allow you to name S Corporations or C Corporations that breach the following rules:
- Are very similar to the name of a federal or FL agency or organization (e.g., FBI, FDA, Florida Department of Revenue, Florida Police, Treasury, etc.)
- Suggest affiliation with a federal or FL agency or organization
- Use the term “Olympic” or any terms that are trademarks of the Olympic organization
- Imply a purpose that it would be illegal for your Florida corporation to carry out
Florida Corporation Fictitious Names
Some corporations choose to do business under a different name from the name they were formed under. In Florida, doing business under a different name is known as a “Fictitious Name.” We can file a Fictitious Name for your Florida corporation on your behalf with the county in which your principal place of business is located.Incfile’s Assumed Business Name Service
Why You Don’t Want to Infringe on Trademark or Service Mark Names
In addition to the rules above, it’s also vital to see if your Florida corporation name might infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. For example, it might not be a good idea to call yourself “General Electric Research Services,” since General Electric is a trademark.
The easiest way to see if your proposed business name infringes is to carry out a trademark search. You can do that via the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or Incfile can help you protect your business with our Trademark Search and Registration service. You should also bear in mind that your Florida corporation name cannot be substantially similar to an existing trademark or service mark.
You’ve Found the Perfect Name, What Next?
Once you’ve found the right name for your business, it’s time to make it a reality. Check out our packages for starting your Florida corporation and form either an S Corporation or a C Corporation today.