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Search Your Business Name with the Maine Secretary of State and Register Your LLC

Whether you’re searching for the right Maine business name or registering your LLC with the ME Secretary of State, we can help. We’ve got all the information you need on a Maine business entity search, LLC naming rules, fictitious names and registering your business.

Maine Business Entity Search

You should start naming your business by completing a “Maine business entity search” with the Secretary of State. They have a helpful tool on their website that lets you search the register of ME 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 searching for a different business name instead.

Maine Secretary of State Business Name Search Tool

Maine Secretary of State Rules for Naming Your LLC

Once you’ve decided on a name for your LLC and checked business name availability, you’ll need to meet Maine Secretary of State naming rules.

Maine LLC DBA / Assumed Business Names

You might choose to do business under a different name from your legal LLC name. You might choose to use a different name from your ME formal LLC name for a variety of reasons.

For example, your LLC might be called Maine Adventure Trails Holding Company LLC and you have a chain called Rocky Mountain Trails. You should file an assumed name to let the Maine Secretary of State know. In Maine, you do that through the SOS website, or you can have Incfile do it on your behalf through our Assumed Business Name service.

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Business Name Registration for Your Maine LLC

Once you’ve searched for your Maine business name, checked availability, followed the naming rules and decided whether you need a fictitious name, you can register your ME 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 with the Maine Secretary of State. You will need to complete an Application for Reservation of Name and file it with the ME SOS. You do not need to reserve a name if you are forming your business right away.


    Maine SOS LLC Name Reservation Form

  • 2

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

FAQs on Naming Your Maine LLC

You might find the following answers useful.

Additional Resources for Naming Your Maine LLC

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Trademarks and Service Marks

You must be careful that your Maine 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.

Incfile Trademark Search and Registration Service

Find the Perfect Name for Your Maine 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
Incfile Guide to Choosing a Business Name

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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.

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