Choosing a Corporation Name
Choosing a name for your new Tennessee corporation is one of the first official steps toward actually conducting business in the state. The corporate name you choose must be readily distinguishable from all other registered and reserved business entities on the Tennessee state rolls.
Your new business’ name must include one of the following words, an abbreviation thereof, or words of similar meaning in another language: “Incorporated,” “Corporation,” “Company,” or “Limited.” However, the name must not state or imply that the corporation is organized for some purpose other than the one specified in its articles of incorporation or one permitted by state law, and it must not state or imply that it is associated with the government .
An available corporate name may be reserved for up to four months by for a $20 fee.
A corporation may apply to the Tennessee Department of State to use a name that is not its true corporate name. For each assumed name, the corporation must file an application specifying:
- Its true corporate name
- Its state or country of incorporation
- The intention to transact business under an assumed corporate name
- The assumed corporate name it proposes to use.