Massachusetts Business Name Reservation

Massachusetts (MA) State ShapeIn this article, we will be discussing steps involved to reserve a business name in Massachusetts. To reserve a business name you would need to file for name reservation with the Secretary of State. Name reservation is generally done to protect the business name from registration till the time business is officially registered.

The business name can be reserved for the period of 60 days which can be renewed once further for 60 days. The business name reservation can also be transferred.

Massachusetts Business Name Requirement

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

Prohibited words:

  • Language stating or implying the business is organized for an impermissible purpose

Checking the Availability of a Business Name

MN Secretary of State 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 Massachusetts.

How to Reserve Business Name

Business name reservation can be over Mail. Please follow the steps given below:

By Mail

Download FormLink
Fees$30
AddressSecretary of the Commonwealth
One Ashburton Place, Room 1717, Boston, Massachusetts 02108-1512
Processing TimeAround 3 days after the receipt

  1. Download the Massachusetts Name reservation form – Link.
  2. Fill the form with the requested details.
  3. Include the money order/check/credit card payment ($30).
    Check/money order must be drawn in name of “Secretary of the Commonwealth“.
  4. Send the filled form to
    Secretary of the Commonwealth
    One Ashburton Place, Room 1717,
    Boston, Massachusetts 02108-1512

Massachusetts Secretary of State Contact

For any queries, you can contact the SOS at 617-727-9640 during business hours.


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Last Updated: 24/08/2018

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