Whether you’re searching for the right Nebraska business name or registering your LLC name with the Nebraska Secretary of State (SOS), we can help. We’ve got all the information you need on how to conduct a Nebraska LLC search, plus business naming rules, assumed names and trademarks.

 

General Rules for LLC Names

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

1
Your LLC Name Must Be Unique

The business name you select cannot be in use by any other corporation or LLC in the state. This is why it's so important to perform a Nebraska Secretary of State business search before you begin your formation paperwork.

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 another LLC or corporation in the state. In addition, you cannot use any of the following features in an attempt to differentiate your business name from that of another business:

  • Suffixes, such as Corporation, Company, Incorporated, Incorporation, Limited, Corp., Co., Inc., Ltd., LLC, etc.
  • 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 use one of the following in their names, usually at the end of the name: “Limited Liability Company,” “L.L.C.” or “LLC.”

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, Nebraska Comptroller, Nebraska 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 Nebraska Business Names

In addition to the general rules listed above, Nebraska LLC laws that apply to naming your business. For example:

A limited liability company may apply to the Secretary of State for authorization to use a name that is deceptively similar to, upon the records of the Secretary of State, one or more of the names described in subsection (b) of this section. The Secretary of State shall authorize use of the name applied for if, as to each noncomplying name:

  • the present user, registrant, or owner of the noncomplying name consents in a signed record to the use; or
  • the applicant delivers to the Secretary of State a certified copy of the final judgment of a court establishing the applicant's right to use in this state the name applied for.

Coming Up with the Ideal Business Name

The perfect business name can be elusive. We have a complete guide to choosing the right business name, but essentially, 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

Need help coming up with business name ideas? Try our free name generator.

Nebraska Business Entity Search

Once you have an idea of the name you want, you’ll need to perform a Nebraska business search to make sure another company isn't already using that name.

You can use Nebraska SOSDirect, the state's online portal, to perform a name search

You can also use our simple and convenient Business Name Search tool, which will search the Nebraska business registry for you.

Use Incfile’s free tool to find out whether your preferred name is available for your LLC in Nebraska

Trademarks and Service Marks

You must be careful that your Nebraska LLC name doesn't infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. The easiest way to ensure you're not infringing is to perform a trademark search through Incfile. If the trademark isn't already in use, you can even register it 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.

 

Nebraska DBA or Trade Name

You may do business under a name different from your LLC's legal name. While many states refer to this as an assumed name, fictitious name or "doing business as" (DBA), Nebraska calls it a trade name. You may decide to use a Nebraska trade name for a variety of reasons.

For example, your primary business may be called Nebraska Commercial Construction Holding Company, LLC, and you want to trade as Agricultural Barns and Storage. You could register an assumed name just for that brand. You'd do that with the Application for Registration of Trade Name, 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 Nebraska SOS

You’ve performed a Nebraska Secretary of State business search, checked availability, followed the naming rules and determined whether you need a trade name. Now you can register your LLC name in one of two ways.

1

If you don’t want to form your LLC right away, you can reserve the business name. You'll do this by completing an Application for Reservation of Limited Liability Company Name form and filing it with the Nebraska SOS. The name will be reserved for 120 days. If you're starting your business right away, you don't need to reserve a name.

2

If you’re ready to start your LLC, you can indicate your chosen business name when you file your Certificate of Organization with the Nebraska SOS. Or you can have Incfile do this for you.

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

Form your LLC in Nebraska for $0 + State Fee ($109)

FAQs About Naming Your LLC in Nebraska

How Do I Search for My Nebraska Business Name?

Use our free Business Name Search tool and enter your chosen business name. You can also perform a search of the state's registry, which will tell you whether any corporations or LLCs in the state are already using that name.

Are There Any Rules for Naming My LLC in Nebraska?

Yes. Most LLCs will be bound by general rules (applicable to all LLCs) and specific rules (applicable in the State of Nebraska). We’ve detailed these rules above.

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

Yes. You can conduct business under a trade name. Details are above.

Can I Reserve a Name for My LLC in Nebraska?

Yes. The Nebraska SOS allows you to reserve a name if you aren’t ready to start your business immediately. Details are above. If you’re ready to start your business, you don’t need to reserve a name.

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