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Naming your Georgia Limited Liability Company

You need the right name for your Georgia LLC <link to main landing page>. Choosing the right name is vital because it tells your suppliers, customers and employees what your business does. Georgia has several rules and regulations about what you can call your new business. Let’s explore what they are.

General Georgia Secretary of State Rules on Naming Your LLC

  • The name needs to be unique and not used by another LLC or business operating in Georgia.
  • Georgia LLC names must use the English alphabet.
  • The name of your Georgia business must end with the words "Limited Liability Company," "LLC," "L.L.C.," "Limited Company," "LC," or "L.C." The term "Limited" is allowed to be abbreviated as "Ltd." and "Company" may be abbreviated as "Co."
  • “Limited” and “Company” can be abbreviated to “Ltd.” and “Co.”

Don't Confuse Your Georgia Business Name With Another Business Name

  • It should not be possible to confuse the name of your business with the name of another Georgia business
  • When deciding if names are substantially similar, you cannot claim a different type face, font, accents, subscript / superscript characters, punctuation or words like “the,” “and,” “of” etc. to claim your business name is different
  • The following words can’t be used to say your business name is different to another business name: Corporation, Company, Incorporated, Incorporation, Limited, Corp, Co, Inc, Ltd, PC, Professional Corporation, Limited Partnership, LP, L.P., Limited Liability Limited Partnership, LLLP or L.L.L.P.
  • For example, you can’t claim that Blue Widget Co., Blue Widget LLC, Blue Widget Incorporated, Blue-Widget-Company or Blue Widget are different to each other

Rules on Words You Can’t Use in Your Business Name

  • The Georgia LLC name can’t suggest affiliation with any federal or state government entity or agency.
  • The Georgia LLC name may not imply a purpose that it would be unlawful for the business to conduct.
  • Although these are the main rules about naming your business in Georgia, there are plenty more.
  • Use of the following terms in a Georgia LLC name requires the written approval of the Office of Commissioner of Insurance: “insurance,” “assurance,” “surety,” “fidelity,” “reinsurance,” “reassurance,” or “indemnity.”
  • Use of the following terms or any variation of the word “bank” in a Georgia LLC 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 a Georgia LLC name requires the written approval of the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission: “college” or “university.”

Rules on Infringing on Service Marks or Trademarks Inside or Outside Georgia

In addition to the rules above, it’s also vital to see if your Georgia LLC name might infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. For example, it might not be a good idea to call yourself “Google Search Optimization Services,” since Google 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. You should also bear in mind that your Georgia business entity name cannot be substantially similar to an existing trademark or service mark.

How to Search for Your Georgia Business Entity Name

Search the database of the Georgia Secretary of State for your proposed business name to see if it's unique.

You can search for:

  • Business Name
  • Control Number
  • Registered Agent Name
  • Officer Name

What Should You Call Your Georgia LLC?

Finding the perfect name can be tough. You want a business name that:

  • Describes what your Georgia business does
  • Appeals to your planned audience
  • Makes your business easy to find
  • Is relatively unique
  • Doesn’t limit you to a particular location or type of product or service

Fortunately, we’ve got some good advice on seeking out the perfect business name for your Georgia LLC. Check out our guidance on naming your LLC and get inspired.

You’ve Found the Perfect Corporate Name, What Next?

Once you’ve found the right name for your business, it’s time to make it a reality. Check out our what all of our Incfile packages include for online business formation of your Georgia LLC and start your LLC today.

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What are the fees and requirements to form a business in Georgia?

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 10 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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