Kansas Business Entity Name Reservation & Naming Requirements Guide

Kansas (KS) State ShapeLooking for instructions on how to choose and reserve a business name in Kansas?

Yes!

You’ve come to the right place. On this page, we’ll be providing you with step by step instructions on how to select the business name which meets the state’s requirement and finally file for name reservation.

Business name reservation is typically done protect the business name you’ve chosen from being registered by someone, till the time you officially form the business. Reserving business name is especially helpful in cases when you’re sure to register the business in Kansas in the next few months but are not ready yet.

The business name can be reserved for the period of 120 days which can be further renewed. The name reservation can also be transferred to any third party during the holding period.

Kansas Business Entity Naming Requirement for LLCs and Corporations

Kansas 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 ultimately 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.”, “L.C.”, “LLC, “LC”, “Company”, “Association”, “Club”, “Foundation”, “Fund”, “Institute”, “Society”, “Union”, “Syndicate”, “Limited” or “Trust”.
    LLC name can also contain the name of the member or manager.
Corporation Naming requirements
Must end with either “Corporation”, “Incorporated”, “Company”, “Limited”, “Association”, “Church”, “College”, “Club”, “Foundation”, “Fund”, “Institute”, “Society”, “Union”, “University”, “Syndicate” or an abbreviation of one of such words.
Prohibited Words
  • Language falsely indicating or implying the business is organized for an impermissible purpose
  • An LLC cannot end with “Corporation”, “Corp”, “Co” etc.
  • LLC name cannot include  “Corporation”, “Incorporated”, “Company”, or “Limited”.

How to Check for Business Name Availability in Kansas

To make sure your chosen business name is unique and distinguishable, you must search through Kansas SOS business records. We have written an in-depth tutorial on how to search for a business name in Kansas.

How to File for Business Name Reservation in Kansas

Business name reservation can be filed either online or by mail. We recommend filling the name reservation online as the process is instant.

By Mail

Download FormLink
Fees$35
AddressMemorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 S.W. 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
Processing TimeWithin 1 week
  1. Download the name reservation form – Link.
  2. Fill the form with the requested details.
  3. Include the money order or check drawn in favor of “Secretary of State“.
  4. Send the filled form to:
    Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
    120 S.W. 10th Avenue
    Topeka, KS 66612-1594

Online

LinkOnline
Fees$30
Processing TimeInstant

Steps:

  1. Create an account with KanAccess or if you already have an account simply Login.
  2. Next, navigate to the name reservation page – link.
  3. Fill up the business name you are looking to reserve and other required information.
  4. Complete the payment.
  5. If the payment is successful, you will receive a confirmation about the reservation.

Contact

For any queries, you can contact the SOS at (785) 296-4564 during business hours.


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Last Updated: 15/01/2018

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