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Georgia Secretary of State Business Search, Naming and Registration

We’re here to help you find the right business name for your Georgia LLC. From searching for a business name with the GA Secretary of State to understanding naming rules or creating a “Doing Business As” name to register your entity, you’re in the right place.

Georgia Business Entity Search

You should start naming your business by completing a “Georgia business entity search” with the Georgia Secretary of State. Incfile provides an easy-to-use business name search tool that will look up your proposed business name on the SOS website. You can learn if an existing LLC or corporation in Georgia is already using your business name. If your 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.

You can also search for your business name directly on the Georgia SOS website.

Georgia Secretary of State business name search tool

Rules on Georgia LLC Name Availability

Once you’ve decided on a name for your LLC and checked business name availability, you’ll need to meet Georgia Secretary of State 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 GA.

Standard LLC Naming Rules

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 Georgia LLC.

Your LLC Business Name Must Be Unique

The business name you have chosen cannot be used by any other LLC or corporation in the state of Georgia. This is why you should check business name availability on the GA SOS website.

Your LLC Business Name Must Not Be Confusable With Another Business Name

It’s not enough for your GA LLC name to be unique. It also cannot be similar to the name of a corporation or LLC in Georgia. For example, 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.

Your LLC Business Name Must Contain Certain Words

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.

Your LLC Business Name May Have Other General Restrictions

Most states will not allow you to form LLCs with names that:

  • Are very similar to the name of a federal or GA agency or organization (e.g., FBI, FDA, Georgia Department of Revenue, Georgia Police, Treasury, etc.)

  • Suggest affiliation with a federal or state 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 business to carry out

Specific Georgia Business Name Rules

In addition to the general rules listed above, the Georgia Secretary of State has some specific business naming rules for your LLC. You will need to follow these rules if you want to name your GA business appropriately.

  • Use of the following terms in an entity name requires the written approval of the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner: “insurance,” “assurance,” “surety,” “fidelity,” “reinsurance,” “reassurance” or “indemnity”

  • Use of the following terms or any variation of the word “bank” in an entity name requires the written approval of the Department of Banking and Finance: "bank," “banc,” “banque,” “banker,” “banking company,” “banking house,” “bancorp,” “bankruptcy,” “credit union,” “savings & loan,” “trust” or “trust company”

  • Use of the following terms in an entity name requires the written approval of the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission: “college” or “university”

Read more about Georgia Secretary of State business naming rules.

Georgia LLC Fictitious Names

You might choose to do business under a different name from your legal LLC name. In Georgia, doing business under a different name is known as a “Fictitious” or “Doing Business As (DBA)” name. You might choose to use a different name from your GA formal LLC name for a variety of reasons.

For example, your LLC might be called Georgia Orchards Holding Company LLC and you have a chain called “The Peach Pit Stop.” You should file a Fictitious/DBA name form. You should register a fictitious name with the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where you conduct business, or you can have Incfile file it on your behalf through our Assumed Business Name service.

Incfile’s Assumed Business Name service

Register Your Georgia LLC Business Name

Once you’ve followed the Georgia naming rules, checked name availability with our tool, and decided whether you need a fictitious name, you can formally register your GA LLC name. There are a couple of ways to do this.

  1. If you don’t want to form your Georgia LLC right now, you can reserve the business name with the Georgia Secretary of State. You will need to complete a Name Reservation Request and file it with the GA SOS. You do not need to reserve a name if you are forming your business right away.
    Georgia SOS LLC name reservation form

  1. If you’re ready to start your Georgia LLC, you can formally file your Articles of Organization with the Georgia Secretary of State, or let Incfile do it for you.
    Register and incorporate your Georgia LLC now

FAQs on Naming Your Georgia LLC

You might find the following answers useful.

How Do I Search for My Georgia LLC Business Name?

Just use the Incfile business name search tool and enter your proposed business name. Our tool will automatically search the register of the Georgia Secretary of State, which will tell you if there are any GA corporations or LLCs with your proposed name.

Incfile guide to choosing a business name

Get a Street Address for Your Georgia LLC

If you want a street address in Georgia, Incfile provides a convenient and safe virtual mailbox service. Please note that this may not meet the requirements of the Secretary of State for a registered office or registered agent address, but it is an excellent way to securely access your physical mail from anywhere.

The benefits of our virtual Georgia mailbox service include:

  • One address for all correspondence
  • Review mail wherever you are
  • A professional image for your business
  • A low, fixed price regardless of mail volume

Are There Any Rules on Naming My Georgia LLC?

Yes. Most LLCs will be bound by general rules (applicable to all LLCs) and specific rules (applicable in the state of Georgia). We’ve detailed these rules above.

Can I Do Business Under a Different Name Than My LLC Name in Georgia?

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.

Can I Reserve a Name for My Georgia LLC?

Yes. The Georgia Secretary of State allows you to reserve a name if you don’t want to start your business immediately. Details are above. If you are ready to start your business now, you do not need to reserve a name.

Useful Resources for Naming Your Georgia LLC

You might find these resources helpful.

Trademarks and Service Marks

You must be careful that your Georgia 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.

Incfile Trademark Search and Registration service

Find the Perfect Name for Your Georgia LLC

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:

  • Appeal to your customers

  • Be memorable enough to stand out

  • Best represent your product or services

  • Not be used by another business

Incfile guide to choosing a business name

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Filing Time and Price

The state charges this amount to file a new business entity. This fee goes directly to the Secretary of State.

State Fee State Filing Time Expedited Filing Time
$100 15 Business Days 2 Business Days

Compliance Requirements

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.

Annual Report

Frequency: Annually

Due Date: April 1st

Filing Fee: $50

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