New Hampshire Business Name Reservation

New Hampshire (NH) State ShapeIn this article, we have described step by step instructions involved to file for business name reservation in New Hampshire. 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 transferable.

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

New Hampshire Business Name Requirement

New Hampshire 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 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 the word “corporation”, “incorporated”, “limited” or the abbreviation “corp.”, “inc.”, or “ltd.”
  • For LLC:
    Must contain the words “limited liability company” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.” or similar

Prohibited words:
Certain words such as bank, insurance,  trust etc cannot be included in the name without prior approval from the concerned authorities.

Checking the Availability of a Business Name

New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.

How to Reserve Business Name

Business name reservation can be done by Mail only.

By Mail

Download FormLink
Fees$15 – LLC/Corporation/Partnership
$30 – For investment trust
AddressCorporation Division, NH Dept. of State,
107 N Main St, Rm 204, Concord,
NH 03301-4989
Processing TimeAround 1 week after the receipt

  1. Download the name reservation form (Link above).
  2. Fill the form with the requested details.
  3. Include the money order or check of the required amount. Check/money order must be drawn in name of “State of New Hampshire“.
  4. Send the filled form to:
    Corporation Division, NH Dept. of State,
    107 N Main St, Rm 204, Concord,
    NH 03301-4989

New Hampshire Secretary of State Contact

For any queries, you can contact the SOS at 603-271-3246 during business hours.


Last fact-checked on 15/08/2018

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