Naming Your Louisiana Limited Liability Company
You need the right name for your Louisiana LLC. Choosing the right name is vital because it tells your suppliers, customers and employees what your business does. Louisiana has several rules and regulations about what you can call your new business. Let’s explore what they are.
General Louisiana Secretary of State Rules on Naming Your LLC
- The name needs to be unique and not used by another LLC or business operating in Louisiana
- The name of your Louisiana business must end with “Limited Liability Company,” “L.L.C.” or “LLC”
Don't Confuse Your Louisiana Business Name With Another Business Name
- The following terms can’t be used to say your business name is different from another business name:
- Suffixes, such as Corporation, Company, Incorporated, Incorporation, Limited, Corp., Co., Inc., Ltd., LLC
- Definite articles like “A,” “And,” “An,” “&,” “The,” etc.
- The singular, plural or possessive forms of a word
- Punctuation and symbols
- Abbreviations of words
- Different typefaces, fonts, superscript, subscript, etc.
- It should not be possible to confuse the name of your business with the name of another Louisiana business
- For example, you can’t claim that Blue Widget Co., Blue Widget LLC, Blue Widget Incorporated, Blue-Widget-Company or Blue Widget are different from one another
Louisiana Information on Naming an LLC
- You can reserve a name by mail or fax. Please note that you do not need to reserve a name if you are forming an LLC. By registering an LLC, the name will automatically be reserved for your business. You would normally only reserve a name if you are not planning on forming your new company anytime soon.
- A name can be used to form any type of business entity, not just an LLC.
- Just filing a name registration doesn’t guarantee you will be granted the name. You should wait until your LLC is formally created before using the name for anything else.
“Doing Business As (DBA)” Names
If you are going to use a different name other than your LLC name to conduct business, you will have to let the clerk of your local parish or county know. This alternative name is called your “Doing Business As” (DBA) name. DBA forms are filed at the parish level by the local Clerk of Court’s office. Any questions regarding DBA’s should be addressed to the Parish Clerk of Court.
Rules About Infringing on Service Marks or Trademarks Inside or Outside Louisiana
In addition to the rules above, it’s also vital to see if your Louisiana 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, or Incfile can help you protect your business with our new Trademark Search and Registration service. You should also bear in mind that your Louisiana business entity name cannot be substantially similar to an existing trademark or service mark.
How to Search for Your Louisiana Business Entity Name
Search the database of the Louisiana Secretary of State for your proposed business name to see if it's unique. You can search for:
- Entity name
- Charter number, trade registration number or name reservation number
- Officer name or agent name
What Should You Call Your Louisiana LLC?
Finding the perfect name can be tough. You want a business name that:
- Describes what your Louisiana 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 Louisiana LLC. Check out our guidance on naming your LLC and get inspired.
You’ve Found the Perfect Name; What Next?
Once you’ve found the right name for your business, it’s time to make it a reality. Check out our packages for starting your Louisiana LLC and form your LLC today.