Searching for and Registering a Name for Your Montana LLC
Whether you’re searching for the right Montana business name or registering your LLC with the MT Secretary of State, we can help. We’ve got all the information you need on a Montana business entity search, LLC naming rules, fictitious names and registering your business.
Montana Secretary of State Business Search
You should start naming your business by completing a Montana business entity search with the Secretary of State. They have a helpful tool on their website that lets you search the register of MT LLCs and corporations to see if someone already has your desired business name.
If the business name is already used by an LLC or Corporation in Montana, that means it’s not available and you won’t be able to register it. Try searching for a different business name instead.Montana Secretary of State Business Entity Search Tool
Montana 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 Montana Secretary of State naming rules. These do vary from state to state — we’ve got general naming rules below.
The business name you have chosen cannot be used by any other LLC or corporation in the state of Montana. This is why you should check business name availability on the MT SOS website.
It’s not enough for your MT LLC name to be unique; it also cannot be similar to the name of another corporation or LLC in MT. 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 like “A,” “And,” “An,” “&,” “The,” etc.
- The singular, plural or possessive forms of a word
- Abbreviations, punctuation, symbols, fonts, typefaces, etc.
All LLCs must have the words “Limited Liability Company,” “L.L.C.” or “LLC” in their name. These words should normally come at the end of the name.
Most states will not allow you to form LLCs with names that:
- Are very similar to the name of a federal or AK agency or organization (e.g. FBI, FDA, Montana Department of Revenue, Montana 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 Olympic organization
- Imply a purpose that it would be illegal for your business to carry out
Montana 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 MT formal LLC name for a variety of reasons.
For example, your LLC might be called Montana Adventure Trails Holding Company LLC and you have a chain called Rocky Mountain Trails. You should file an assumed name to let the Montana Secretary of State know. In Montana, you do that through the SOS website, or you can have Incfile do it on your behalf through our Assumed Business Name service.Incfile's Assumed Business Name Service
Business Name Registration for Your Montana LLC
Once you’ve searched for your Montana business name, checked availability, followed the naming rules and decided whether you need a fictitious name, you can register your MT LLC name. There are a couple of ways to do this.
If you don’t want to form your LLC right now, you can reserve the business name with the Montana Secretary of State. You will need to complete an Application for Reservation of Name and file it with the MT SOS. You do not need to reserve a name if you are forming your business right away.
If you’re ready to start your LLC, you can formally file your Certificate of Formation with the Montana SOS, or let Incfile take care of it for you.
FAQs on Naming Your Montana LLC
You might find the following answers useful.
Just go to the business name search tool and enter your proposed business name. You can search the register of the Montana Secretary of State, which will tell you if there are any Montana corporations or LLCs with that name.
Yes. Most LLCs will be bound by general rules (applicable to all LLCs) and specific rules (applicable in the state of Montana). We’ve detailed these rules above.
Yes. Known as “assumed names,” “fictitious names,” “doing business as names” or “trade names,” you can choose to conduct business under a different name. See our section on Montana LLC Trade Names” above.
Yes. The Montana Secretary of State allows you to reserve a name if you don’t want to start your business immediately. If you are ready to start your business now, you do not need to reserve a name
Additional Resources for Naming Your Montana LLC
You might find these other resources helpful.
Trademarks and Service Marks
You must be careful that your Montana 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 Montana 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