Florida is the only state in USA which does not allow business name reservation. All the registrations are done on first come, firs serve basis.
However on this page you find information about business naming requirement and prohibited words.
Florida Business Name Requirement
Florida 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 Secretary of 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 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:
- For Corporations:
Must contain either “Corporation”, “Company”, “Incorporated” or an abbreviation of one of such words.
- For LLC
Must contain “Limited Liability Company”, “L.L.C.”, “LLC”, “Limited”, “Ltd.”, “Company” or “Co.” as last word.
- Language indicating or implying the business entity is organized an impermissible purpose.
- LLC name cannot include “Corporation”, “Incorporated”, “Company”, or “Limited”.
Checking the Availability of a Business Name
Florida SOS provides an online tool to check the availability of any business name. You can use this tool to find and research name for your business. We have written an in-depth tutorial on how to search for a business name in Florida.
How to Reserve Business Name
Name reservation is not available in Florida.
Florida Secretary of State Contact
For any queries, you can contact the SOS at 850-245-6000 during business hours.
Last Updated: 04/09/2018