Choosing a Corporation Name
Your New York State corporation’s name must be different from any other authorized business entity on file with the NY Secretary of State. This applies to entities formed in the state, as well as those originally formed elsewhere but authorized to conduct business in New York.
The corporation’s name must include “Incorporation,” “Incorporated,” or “Limited” (or an abbreviation thereof), but it can’t include language that might suggest or imply that the corporation has been formed for a purpose not permitted by law, or that it is a government agency, public corporation, school, or daycare center. It also must not contain the following words or phrases, their equivalents, or their abbreviations unless special permission is received from the state:
- Community renewal
- Labor counsel
- Tenant relocation
- Urban development
- Urban relocation
You can apply to the New York Department of State’s Division of Corporations to “pre-clear” a proposed corporate name for $5. An unused corporate name can be reserved for up to 60 days for a $20 fee before filing for organization with the New York Secretary of State; this can be extended up to two times.