Whether you’re searching for the right business name or registering your LLC with the Indiana Secretary of State, Business Services Division, Incfile can help. We’ve got all the information you need on how to conduct an Indiana business search, plus LLC naming rules, assumed names and registering your business.

General Rules for LLC Names

These rules typically apply to all LLCs, regardless of what state they’re formed in. 

1
Your LLC Name Must Be Unique

The business name you have decided upon cannot be used by any other LLC or corporation in the State of Indiana. This is why it's imperative to perform an Indiana business entity search before you begin the filing process.

2
Your LLC Name Must Not Be Confusable with Another Business Name

It’s not enough for your LLC name to be unique. It also cannot be similar to the name of a corporation or LLC in Indiana. 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, such as “A,” “An” or “The”
  • The conjunction "And" or “&"
  • The singular, plural or possessive forms of words
  • Abbreviations, punctuation, symbols, fonts, typefaces, etc.

3
Your LLC Name Must Contain Certain Words

All LLCs must have the words “Limited Liability Company,” “L.L.C.” or “LLC” in their names, normally at the end of the name.

4
Your LLC 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 state agency or organization (e.g., FBI, FDA, Indiana Comptroller, Indiana 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 International Olympic Committee
  • Imply a purpose that would be illegal for your business to carry out

Specific Rules for Indiana Business Names

Indiana requires LLCs to comply with the general naming rules, and does not require any further or unique name regulations to be met.

How to Come Up with a Business Name 

Finding the perfect business name can be difficult. We have a complete guide to choosing the right business name, but essentially, you'll want to choose a name that will:

Be memorable enough to stand out

Best represent your product or services

Appeal to your customers

Not be used by another business

Need help coming up with business name ideas? Try our free Business Name Generator. 

Indiana Business Search

Once you have an idea of the business name you’d like to use, you’ll need to perform an Indiana business entity search to make sure the name hasn’t been taken by another business.

Incfile offers a speedy, simple and convenient tool to look up your desired business name. The State of Indiana also has a tool that lets you search the state’s business registry to see whether someone already has the business name you’d like to use.

Find out whether the business name you prefer is available in Indiana with Incfile’s free tool.

Trademarks and Service Marks

You must be careful that your Indiana LLC name doesn’t infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. The easiest way to make sure your proposed business name doesn’t do that is to complete a trademark search through Incfile. If it’s not being used by any other entity, you can even register it as a trademark yourself.

Make sure your business is starting off on the right foot when it comes to intellectual property.

Let Incfile run a trademark search for you.

Indiana DBA or Assumed Name

You may do business under a different name from your legal LLC name. In some states, this is called a DBA (doing business as), fictitious name or trade name. In Indiana, it's called an assumed name and also referred to as DBA. You may decide to use an Indiana assumed name for a variety of reasons.

For example, your business might be called C and N Marketing Solutions, LLC, and under that company, you have an event planning business called C and N Events. You could file for an assumed business name just for that company. You'll file a Certificate of Assumed Business Name with the Secretary of State and County Recorder, or you can have Incfile do it on your behalf through our DBA service.

Note: A trade name is not the same as a trademark. Learn more about trademark vs. DBA.

Register and manage a DBA or trade name through our easy-to-use service.

Register Your Business Name with the Indiana Secretary of State

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

1

If you don’t want to form your LLC right now, you can reserve the business name. You’ll need to file an application by using Indiana’s INBIZ online filing system. Once the application is processed, your name will be reserved for 120 days. If you’re forming your business right away, you don’t need to reserve a name.

2

If you’re ready to start your LLC now, you can file your Articles of Organization with the Indiana SOS, Business Services Division or have Incfile do it for you.

Incfile can handle all your formation paperwork with the State of Indiana for you — and we’ll do it for free!

Incorporate in Indiana for $0 + state fee ($100).

FAQs about Indiana Business Names

How Do I Search for My Indiana Business Name?

Use Incfile’s free and useful Business Name Search Tool and enter your preferred business name. You can also perform an Indiana business entity search of the state's registry, which will tell you whether there are any corporations or LLCs in the state with that name.

Are There Any Rules for Naming My Business in Indiana?

Yes. Most LLCs are bound by general rules (applicable to all LLCs) and specific rules (applicable in the State of Indiana). You'll find more information above.

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

Yes. You can conduct business under an assumed name. Details are above.

Can I Reserve a Name for My Indiana LLC?

Yes. The Indiana Secretary of State, Business Services Division allows you to reserve a name for 120 days if you don’t want to start your business immediately. Details are above. If you’re ready to start your business now, you don’t need to reserve a name.

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