We’re here to help you find the right business name for your Florida LLC. From searching for a business name with the FL Department of State to understanding naming rules or creating a “Doing Business As” name to register your entity, you’re in the right place.
You should start naming your business by completing a “Florida business entity search” with the Department of State. They have a helpful tool on their website that lets you search the register of FL LLCs and corporations to see if someone already has your desired business name. Just enter the Florida business name you want to search for and any other relevant details, then search to see if it’s already in use.
The Florida Department of State search tool lets you enter details and search for your FL LLC by the following fields:
If the business name is already used by an LLC or corporation in Florida, 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 Florida Department of State naming rules. You will need to pay attention to these rules, as they will influence the name you choose for your Florida LLC.
The business name you have chosen cannot be used by any other LLC or corporation in the state of Florida. This is why you should check business name availability on the FL DOS website.
It’s not enough for your FL LLC name to be unique. It also cannot be similar to the name of a corporation or LLC in Florida. 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:
You might choose to do business under a different name from your legal LLC name. In Florida, doing business under a different name is known as either a “Fictitious” or “Doing Business As” name. You might choose to use a different name from your FL formal LLC name for a variety of reasons.
For example, your LLC might be called Florida Keys Holding Company LLC and you have a chain called Hemingway’s Bookstores. You should file a fictitious name to let the Florida Department of State know. In Florida, you do that through a Fictitious Name Application, or you can have Incfile do it on your behalf through our Assumed Business Name service.
The Florida DOS also requires you to advertise the LLC name you register at least once in a newspaper that is located within the county where your principal place of business is located.
Once you’ve searched for your Florida business name, checked availability, followed the naming rules and decided whether you need a fictitious name, you can register your FL LLC name. Just file your Articles of Organization with the Florida Department of State, or let Incfile take care of it for you.
You might find the following answers useful.
Just go to the business name search tool (linked above) and enter your proposed business name. You can search the register of the Florida Department of State, which will tell you if there are any FL 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 Florida). 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. Details are above.
No. The Florida Department of State does not have any provisions to allow you to reserve your business name.
You might find these resources helpful.
You must be careful that your Florida 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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