Your LLC’s Name
Your new LLC’s name must be different from the registered or reserved name of any other business entity on file with the Iowa Secretary of State.
The LLC’s name must end with “Limited Company” or “Limited Liability Company,” or the abbreviations “L.C.” or “L.L.C.” “Limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.” and “Company” may be abbreviated as “Co.”
The LLC’s name may not include the terms “corporation,” “incorporated,” or “limited partnership,” and it can’t have any abbreviations for those terms, either.
You can, however, use a name that’s similar to another business’ name if the other entity gives written permission for you to use the name; they also have to request to change their own name in order to make it different from yours. Another exception to the “no similar names” rule is if you have a court order establishing your right to use the name.
A $10 fee will let you reserve an available name for your Iowa LLC for up to 120 days.