Alaska Business Entity Name Reservation & Naming Requirements Guide

Alaska (AL) State ShapeIn this article, we’ve described step by step instructions involved in filing for business name reservation in Alaska. We’ll also be covering about the business naming rules and requirements in the post.

Typically name reservation is done to protect the business name from being registered by someone, till the time business is officially formed.

The business name can be reserved for the period of 120 days and it is transferable.

To file for business name reservation the first step is to determine whether the business name you’ve chosen is unique or not. Also, there are certain naming requirements that must be kept in mind while choosing the name.

Alaska Business Entity Naming Requirement for LLCs and Corporations

Alaska Secretary of State has mandated certain requirements which you must keep in mind while selecting a business name.

The business name must be unique and distinguishable from any existing business entity name registered with the state. Also any difference in grammar, similarly sounding business name, or using stop words does not make the business name unique and it will lead to the name being rejected.

For example, the following names are not distinguishable:

  • Justin Plumber LLC vs The Justin Plumber LLC
  • Mango Farm LLC vs Mango Farms LLC
  • Jake & Mary Corporation vs Jake and Mary Corporation

Required suffix in the business name:

LLC Naming requirements
Must end with either“Limited Liability Company”, “Limited Company”, “L.L.C.”, “LLC”, “L.C.”, “LC”, “Limited”, “Ltd.”, “Company”, “Co.”, “limited liability company” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.” or similar abbreviation.
Corporation Naming requirements
Must contain the word “Incorporated”, “Limited”, “Company”, “Corporation” or any similar abbreviation.
Prohibited Words
  • “City,” “borough” or “village” or terms implying entity is a municipality
  • LLC name cannot include suffix reserved for corporations
  • Corporation name cannot include suffix reserved for LLCs.

How to Check for Business Name Availability in Alaska

The name you choose for your business must be unique and not similar to any existing business name in the state. You can conduct a simple business entity search on the SOS website to verify it. We have written an in-depth tutorial on how to search for a business name in Alaska.

How to File for Business Name Reservation in Alaska

Business name reservation can be done either by mail or online. Online mode is recommended as the process in instant.

Online:

  • Navigate to Alaska business name reservation page – Link.
  • On the next page, enter the business name you are looking to reserve.
  • Fill up the business address and owner(s) detail.
  • Click on ‘Proceed‘ button and make the payment of $25.

By Mail

Download FormLink
Fees$25
AddressState of Alaska, Corporations Section,
PO Box 110806, Juneau,
AK 99811-0806
Processing TimeAround 2 weeks after the receipt
  1. Download the name reservation form.
  2. Fill the form with the requested details.
  3. Include your credit card details in the form.
  4. Send the filled form to:
    State of Alaska, Corporations Section,
    PO Box 110806, Juneau,
    AK 99811-0806

Contact

For any queries, you can contact the SOS at (907) 269-8100 during business hours.


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Last fact-checked on 15/01/2018

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