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Naming Your South Carolina LLC

We’re here to help you find the right business name for your South Carolina LLC. From searching for a business name with the SC Secretary of State to understanding naming rules or creating a “Doing Business As” name to register your entity, you’re in the right place.

South Carolina Secretary of State Business Search

Once you have an idea of the business name you want to use, you should check availability by completing a business entity search with the SC Secretary of State. This helpful tool on their website lets you search the registry of South Carolina 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.

South Carolina Secretary of State Business Entity Search

Rules for Naming an LLC in South Carolina

Once you’ve decided on a name for your LLC and checked business name availability, you’ll need to meet South Carolina naming rules.

Fictitious/Assumed Names

Most states allow you to do business under a different name from your legal LLC name. This is often referred to as a “DBA” (doing business as”) name, but in South Carolina, it’s known as a “Fictitious” or “Assumed” name. You might choose to use a different name from your SC formal LLC name for a variety of reasons.

For example, your LLC might be called Charleston Rental and Real Estate Holding Company LLC, but you have a brand called Old Town Holiday Rentals. You should file a fictitious name to let the South Carolina Secretary of State know. In South Carolina, you do that through an “Assumed Name Certificate”—or you can have Incfile do it on your behalf through our Assumed Business Name service.

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Business Name Registration in South Carolina

Once you’ve decided on your South Carolina business name, checked availability, followed the naming rules and decided whether or not you need a fictitious name, you can register your 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 South Carolina Secretary of State. You do not need to reserve a name if you are forming your business right away.

  • 2

    If you’re ready to start your LLC, you can formally file your Articles of Organization with the South Carolina SOS, or let Incfile take care of it for you.

FAQs on Naming Your South Carolina LLC

You might find the following answers useful.

Additional Incfile Resources on LLC Names

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Trademarks and Service Marks

You must be careful that your South Carolina 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

How to Choose a Business Name

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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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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