Georgia Business Name Reservation

Georgia (GA) State ShapeBefore officially forming your business (LLC, Corporation etc) in Georgia, you may consider reserving the name for your company first. Reserving business name is especially helpful in cases when you are sure to form the business in next few months but are not ready yet. Name reservation can protect your PERFECT business name, till the time you are ready for filing.

The business name can be reserved for the period of 30 days which can be further renewed. The business name reservation can also be transferred.

Georgia Business Name Requirement

Georgia 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”, “Limited” or an abbreviation of one of such words.
  • For LLC
    Must contain either “Limited Liability Company”, “Limited Company”, “L.L.C.”, “LLC”, “L.C.”, “LC”, “Limited”, “Ltd.”, “Company” or “Co.”.

Prohibited words:

  • The business name must not be more than 80 characters including space and punctuations.
  • Language stating or implying that the business is organized for an impermissible purpose
  • Use of Obscene language is not permitted

Checking the Availability of a Business Name

Before you can register your business name, you would need to check the business name availability on the Georgia SOS website. We have written an in-depth tutorial on how to search for a business name in Georgia.

How to Reserve Business Name

Business name reservation can be done by mail. The process can take up to 1 week.

By Mail

Download FormLink
Fees$25
AddressOffice of Secretary of State, Corporations Division
Name Reservation Request
2 Martin Luther King Jr. DR SE
Suite 313 West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334
Processing TimeWithin 5 days after the receipt
  1. Download the Georgia Name reservation form – Link.
  2. Fill the form with the requested details.
  3. Include the money order/check/credit card payment.
    Check/money order must be drawn in name of “Secretary of State“.
  4. Send the filled form to:
    Office of Secretary of State, Corporations Division
    Name Reservation Request
    2 Martin Luther King Jr. DR SE
    Suite 313 West Tower
    Atlanta, GA 30334

Online

LinkOnline
Fees$25
Processing TimeInstant

Georgia Secretary of State Contact

For any queries, you can contact the SOS at (404) 656-2817 during business hours.


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Last Updated: 25/08/2018

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