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Search for the Perfect LLC Name and Register It with the Indiana Secretary of State

Your Indiana business entity needs the perfect name, and we’re here to help. In this section we’ll guide you through searching the IN Secretary of State business registry, tell you about the rules for naming your business, describe assumed names and get you started with registering your LLC.

Indiana Secretary of State Business Search

You should start naming your business by completing an “Indiana business entity search” with the secretary of state. They have a helpful tool on their website that lets you search the register of IN LLCs and corporations to see if someone already has your desired business name.

If the business name is already used, that means it’s not available and you won’t be able to register it. Try running an LLC search for a different business name instead.

Indiana Secretary of State Business Name Search Tool

Rules on Indiana LLC Name Availability

Once you’ve decided on a name for your LLC and checked business name availability, you’ll need to meet Indiana Secretary of State (SOS) 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 IN.

Assumed Business Names in Indiana

You might choose to do business under a different name from your legal LLC name. In Indiana, doing business under a different name is known as an “Assumed Name.” You might choose to use a different name from your formal IN LLC name for a variety of reasons.

For example, your LLC might be called Indiana Architecture and Engineering Holding Company LLC, but you provide your main service as Indianapolis Commercial Building Services. You should file an assumed name to let the Indiana Secretary of State know. In Indiana, you do that through a Certificate of Assumed Business Name form, or you can have Incfile do it on your behalf through our Assumed Business Name service.

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Register Your Business Name with the Indiana Secretary of State

Once you’ve searched for your Indiana business name, checked availability, followed the naming rules and decided whether you need an assumed name, you can register your IN LLC name. There are a couple of ways to do this:

  • 1

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


    Indiana SOS LLC Name Reservation Form

  • 2

    If you’re ready to start your Indiana LLC, you can formally file your Articles of Organization with the Indiana SOS, or let Incfile take care of it for you.

FAQs on Naming Your Indiana LLC

You might find the following answers useful.

Useful Resources for Naming Your Indiana LLC

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Trademarks and Service Marks

You must be careful that your Indiana 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.

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Find the Perfect Name for Your Indiana 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
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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.

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