Business Entity Search (50 States)

Whether you’re launching a brand nationwide, navigating a multi-state name change, or entering new markets, our guide lets you quickly navigate relevant state requirements. Search for an available business name, locate an existing business entity, and explore formation fees in all 50 states.

Alabama

Our Resources:

Alabama Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Alabama Secretary of State - Business Services Division

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

"corporation," or "incorporated," or an abbreviation of one of such words, or if a banking corporation the words "bank," "banking," or "bankers". AC §10A-1-5.04

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. AC §10A-1-5.04

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The words "Limited Liability Company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC". These words or their abbreviation shall be the last words of the name. AC §10A-1-5.06

Domestic Professional Corporation

Must contain the words "Professional Corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C." or "PC" and shall otherwise conform to any rule promulgated by a licensing authority having jurisdiction of a professional service described in the certificate of formation of the corporation. AC §10A-1-5.08

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$100 state filing fee + min $50 county filing fee + optional $100 secretary expedite fee

Nonprofit Corporation

$100 state filing fee + min $50 county filing fee

Limited Liability Company

$100 + minimum $50 Office of the Judge of Probate fee + optional $100 expedite fee

Professional Corporation

$100 for standard service or $200 for expedited filing.

Alaska

Our Resources:

Alaska Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Alaska Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

A corporate name must contain the word "corporation", "company", "incorporated", or "limited", or an abbreviation of one of these words. AS §10.06.105

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. AS §10.20.021

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company stated in the company's articles of organization must contain the words "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.," or "LLC". The word "limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.," and the word "company" may be abbreviated as "Co." AS §10.50.020

Domestic Professional Corporation

Must end with the word "Corporation", "Incorporated", or "Limited", or the abbreviation "Corp.", "Inc.", "Ltd.", or by the words "a professional corporation" or by the abbreviation "P.C.". AS §10.45.120

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$150 filing fee + $100 biennial license fee = $250 total

Nonprofit Corporation

$50

Limited Liability Company

$150 filing fee + $100 biennial license fee = $250 total

Cooperative Corporation

$250

Professional Corporation

$250

Arizona

Our Resources:

Arizona Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Arizona Corporation Commission - Corporations Division

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Shall contain the word "association", "bank", "company", "corporation", "limited" or "incorporated" or an abbreviation of one of these words or the equivalent in a foreign language. Corporation may not use "bank", "deposit", "credit union", "trust" or "trust company" unless it also has a license to operate one. ARS §10-401

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. ARS §10-3401

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviations "L.L.C.", "L.C.", "LLC" or "LC", in uppercase or lowercase letters. ARS §29-602

Domestic Professional Corporation

Contain the words "professional corporation", "professional association", "service corporation", "limited", or "chartered" or the abbreviation "P.C.", "P.A.", "S.C.", "Ltd.", "Chtd", "PC", "PA", "SC", "LTD" or "CHTD". ARS §10-2215

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$60 + optional $35 expedite fee

Nonprofit Corporation

$40 + optional $35 expedite fee

Limited Liability Company

$50 + optional $35 expedite fee

Professional Corporation

$60 (optional $35 expedite fee)

Close Corporation

$60 + optional $35 expedite fee

Arizona

Our Resources:

Arizona Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Arizona Secretary of State - Business Services

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Shall contain the word "association", "bank", "company", "corporation", "limited" or "incorporated" or an abbreviation of one of these words or the equivalent in a foreign language. Corporation may not use "bank", "deposit", "credit union", "trust" or "trust company" unless it also has a license to operate one. ARS §10-401

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. ARS §10-3401

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviations "L.L.C.", "L.C.", "LLC" or "LC", in uppercase or lowercase letters. ARS §29-602

Domestic Professional Corporation

Contain the words "professional corporation", "professional association", "service corporation", "limited", or "chartered" or the abbreviation "P.C.", "P.A.", "S.C.", "Ltd.", "Chtd", "PC", "PA", "SC", "LTD" or "CHTD". ARS §10-2215

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$60 + optional $35 expedite fee

Nonprofit Corporation

$40 + optional $35 expedite fee

Limited Liability Company

$50 + optional $35 expedite fee

Professional Corporation

$60 (optional $35 expedite fee)

Close Corporation

$60 + optional $35 expedite fee

Arkansas

Our Resources:

Arkansas Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Arkansas Secretary of State - Business and Commercial Services Division (BCS)

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

"Corporation", "Company", or "Incorporated", or shall contain an abbreviation of one of those words; but the name may not end with the word "Company" nor the abbreviation "Co." if the final word or abbreviation is immediately preceded by "and" or any symbol for "and". AC §4-26-401

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. AC §4-33-401

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of each limited liability company as set forth in its articles of organization must contain the words "Limited Liability Company" or "Limited Company" or the abbreviations "L.L.C.," "L.C.," "LLC," or "LC." The word "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd." and the word "Company" may be abbreviated as "Co." AC §4-32-103

Domestic Professional Corporation

Contain the name of one or more shareholders or the name of one or more deceased former shareholders and shall end with "Chartered", Limited", the abbreviation "Ltd.", the words "Professional Association", or the abbreviation "P.A.". AR Code §4-29-207

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$50 paper. $45 online.

Nonprofit Corporation

$50 by mail or $45 online

Limited Liability Company

$50 paper. $45 online.

Benefit Corporation

$50

California

Our Resources:

California Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation
  • General stock corporation: not required
  • Close corporations: "corporation", "incorporated" or "limited" or an abbreviation of one of such words (CCC §202.a)
Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. CCC §5122.a

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company shall contain the words limited liability company, or the abbreviation L.L.C. or LLC. Limited may be abbreviated as Ltd., and company may be abbreviated as Co. CCC §17701.08

Domestic Professional Corporation

Must comply with the name style requirements of the regulatory agency which has jurisdiction over the profession. CCC §13409.a

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$100 by mail or $115 in-person + optional $250-$500 preclearance service + optional $350-$500 expedited filing service

Nonprofit Corporation

$30 by mail or $45 in-person + optional $250-$500 preclearance service + optional $350-$500 expedited filing service

Limited Liability Company

$70 by mail/online or $85 in-person.

Professional Corporation

$100

Close Corporation

$100 by mail or $115 in-person + optional $250-$500 preclearance service + optional $350-$500 expedited filing service

Colorado

Our Resources:

Colorado Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Colorado Secretary of State

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

The entity name of a corporation shall contain the term or abbreviation "corporation", "incorporated", "company", "limited", "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd." CRS §7-90-601

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

The entity name of a nonprofit corporation may, but need not, contain the term or abbreviation "corporation", "incorporated", "company", "limited", "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd.". CRS §7-90-601

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The entity name of a limited liability company shall contain the term or abbreviation "limited liability company", "ltd. liability company", "limited liability co.", "ltd. liability co.", "limited", "l.l.c.", "llc", or "ltd.". CRS §7-90-601

Domestic Professional Corporation

"P.c." or "pc" shall be a permitted abbreviation for a professional corporation in addition to all others provided by law. CRS §7-90-601

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$50

Nonprofit Corporation

$50

Limited Liability Company

$50

Connecticut

Our Resources:

Connecticut Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Connecticut Secretary of State - Commercial Recording Division

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Shall contain the word “corporation”, “incorporated”, “company”, “Societa per Azioni” or “limited”, or the abbreviation “corp.”, “inc.”, “co.”, “S.p.A.” or “ltd.”, or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. GSC §33-655

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Shall contain the word “corporation”, “incorporated” or “company”, or the abbreviation “corp.”, “inc.” or “co.”, or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. GSC §33-1045.

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of each limited liability company as set forth in its articles of organization must contain the words “Limited Liability Company” or the abbreviations “L.L.C.” or “LLC”. The word “Limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.” and the word “Company” may be abbreviated as “Co.” GSC §34-102

Domestic Professional Corporation

Shall contain the words "professional corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C." and shall also contain either a word or words descriptive of the professional service to be rendered by the corporation or shall contain the last name of one or more of the present, prospective, or former shareholders or of persons who were associated with a predecessor. GSC §33-182h.

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$250 for up to 20,000 authorized shares (see fee schedule for more shares) + optional $50 expedite fee

Nonprofit Corporation

$50 + optional $50 expedite fee

Limited Liability Company

$120 + optional $50 expedite fee

Delaware

Our Resources:

Delaware Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Delaware Department of State - Division of Corporations

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Shall contain 1 of the words "association," "company," "corporation," "club," "foundation," "fund," "incorporated," "institute," "society," "union," "syndicate," or "limited," (or abbreviations thereof, with or without punctuation), or words (or abbreviations thereof, with or without punctuation) of like import of foreign countries or jurisdictions (provided they are written in roman characters or letters). DC §8-102-a-1

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Shall contain 1 of the words "association," "company," "corporation," "club," "foundation," "fund," "incorporated," "institute," "society," "union," "syndicate," or "limited," (or abbreviations thereof, with or without punctuation), or words (or abbreviations thereof, with or without punctuation) of like import of foreign countries or jurisdictions (provided they are written in roman characters or letters). DC §8-102-a-1

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Shall contain the words "Limited Liability Company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or the designation "LLC". DC §18-102

Domestic Professional Corporation

Shall contain either a word or words descriptive of the professional service to be rendered by the professional corporation, or any of the qualified related professional services to be rendered by the professional corporation, or shall contain the last names of 1 or more of its present, prospective or former shareholders or of persons who were associated with a predecessor person, partnership, professional corporation or other organization or whose name or names appeared in the name of such predecessor organization. The corporate name shall also contain the words "chartered" or "professional association" or abbreviation "P.A." The use of the word "company," "corporation" or "incorporated" or any other word, words, abbreviations, affix or prefix indicating that it is a corporation, in the corporate name of a professional corporation is specifically prohibited. DC §8-617.

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$89 + $9 for extra pages + optional $50-$1000 expedite fee

Nonprofit Corporation

$89 + $9 for extra pages + optional $50-$1000 expedite fee

Limited Liability Company

$90 + optional $50-$1000 expedite fee

Close Corporation

$89 + $9 for extra pages + optional $50-$1000 expedite fee

District of Columbia

Our Resources:

District of Columbia Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs - Corporations Division

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

The name of a business corporation shall contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited", or the abbreviation "Corp.", "Inc.", "Co.", or "Ltd.", or words or abbreviations of similar import in another language. D.C. Code §29-103.02(a)

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

The name of a nonprofit corporation need not contain any particular word or abbreviation. D.C. Code §29-103.02(b)

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company other than a professional limited liability company shall contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.", "LLC", "L.C.", or "LC". The name of a professional limited liability company shall contain the words "professional limited liability company" or the abbreviation "P.L.L.C." or "PLLC". "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.", and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co.". D.C. Code §29-103.02(f)

Domestic Professional Corporation

The name of a professional corporation shall contain the phrase "professional corporation" or the abbreviation "Chtd", and may not contain the word "company", "incorporated", "corporation", or "limited", or an abbreviation of those words. D.C. Code §29-103.02(c)

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$220 for authorized capital up to $100,000 + optional $50-$100 expedite fee

Nonprofit Corporation

$80 + optional $50-100 expedite fee

Limited Liability Company

$220 + optional $50-$100 expedite fee

Professional Corporation

$220 to $1,650 depending on capital.

Florida

Our Resources:

Florida Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Florida Department of State - Division of Corporations

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Must contain the word “corporation,” “company,” or “incorporated” or the abbreviation “Corp.,” “Inc.,” or “Co.,” or the designation “Corp,” “Inc,” or “Co,” 2016 FS §607.0401

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Must contain the word “corporation” or “incorporated” or the abbreviation “corp.” or “inc.” or words or abbreviations of like import in language, as will clearly indicate that it is a corporation instead of a natural person, unincorporated association, or partnership. The name of the corporation may not contain the word “company” or its abbreviation “co.” 2016 FS §617.0401

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Must contain the words "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC". 2016 FS §605.0112

Domestic Professional Corporation

Shall contain the word "chartered" or the words "professional association" or the abbreviation "P.A.". Use of the word "company", "corporation", or "incorporated" or any other abbreviation indicating that it is a corporation is prohibited. 2016 FS §621.12

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$70

Nonprofit Corporation

$35 filing fee + $35 designation of registered agent fee = $70 state fee

Limited Liability Company

$125

Georgia

Our Resources:

Georgia Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Georgia Secretary of State

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "inc.," "co.," or "ltd.," or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. O.C.G.A. §14-2-401

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co.," or "Ltd.," or words or abbreviations of like import in a language other than English. O.C.G.A. §14-3-401

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Must contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" (it being permitted to abbreviate the word "limited" as "ltd." and the word "company" as "co.") or the abbreviation "L.L.C.", "LLC", "L.C." or "LC". O.C.G.A. §14-11-207

Domestic Professional Corporation

The name of a professional corporation shall satisfy the requirements of Code Section 14-2-401; provided, however, that, in lieu of the use of a word or abbreviation as required by paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of that Code section, the word "associated," the phrase "professional association," the phrase "professional corporation," or an abbreviation of any of them may be used. O.C.G.A. §14-7-6

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$100

Nonprofit Corporation

$100

Limited Liability Company

$100

Hawaii

Our Resources:

Hawaii Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Hawaii Business Registration Division (BREG)

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", or "limited", or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", or "ltd." HRS §414-51

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. HRS §414D-61

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company must contain "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC". "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.", and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co.". HRS §428-105

Domestic Professional Corporation

May be any name permitted by law expressly applicable to the profession in which the corporation is engaged or by a rule of the licensing authority of the profession. HRS §415A-8

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$51 + optional $25 expedite fee

Nonprofit Corporation

$26 + optional $25 expedite fee

Limited Liability Company

$51 + optional $25 expedite fee

Idaho

Our Resources:

Idaho Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Idaho Secretary of State

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

The name of a business corporation must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co.," or "Ltd.," or words or abbreviations of similar import in another language; provided however, that if the word "company" or its abbreviation is used it shall not be immediately preceded by the word "and" or by an abbreviation of or symbol representing the word "and." Idaho Statutes § 30-21-302

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

 The name of a business corporation must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co.," or "Ltd.," or words or abbreviations of similar import in another language; provided however, that if the word "company" or its abbreviation is used it shall not be immediately preceded by the word "and" or by an abbreviation of or symbol representing the word "and." If the business corporation is a professional entity, the name may alternatively contain the word "chartered," "professional association," or "professional corporation," or the abbreviation "P.A.," "P.C.," or "CHTD" or words or abbreviations of similar import in another language. Idaho Statutes § 30-30-202 and Idaho Statutes § 30-21-302

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company must contain the phrase "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.," "LLC," "L.C.," or "LC." "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.," and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co." If the limited liability company is a professional entity, the name may include the word "professional" before the word "limited" or the letter "P" at the beginning of any of the permitted abbreviations. Idaho Statutes § 30-21-302

Domestic Professional Corporation

May alternatively contain the word "chartered," "professional association," or "professional corporation," or the abbreviation "P.A.," "P.C.," or "CHTD" or words or abbreviations of similar import in another language. Idaho Statutes § 30-21-302

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$100 typed or $120 not typed + optional $20 expedite fee

Nonprofit Corporation

$30 + optional $20 expedite fee

Limited Liability Company

$100 + optional $20 expedite fee

Professional Corporation

$100

Illinois

Our Resources:

Illinois Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Shall contain, separate and apart from any other word or abbreviation in such name, the word "corporation", "company", "incorporated", or "limited", or an abbreviation of one of such words. 805 ILCS §5/4.05

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

May contain, separate and apart from any other word or abbreviation in such name, the word "corporation," "company," "incorporated," or "limited," or an abbreviation of one of such words. 805 ILCS §105/104.05

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Shall contain the terms "limited liability company", "L.L.C.", or "LLC", or, if organized as a low-profit limited liability company under Section 1-26 of this Act, shall contain the term "L3C". 805 ILCS §180/1-10

Domestic Professional Corporation

A professional corporation shall adopt a name consisting of the full or last name of one or more of its shareholders; except that if not otherwise prohibited by law, rules of a regulating authority or the canons of ethics of the profession concerned, a professional corporation may adopt a fictitious name. The corporate name shall end with the word "chartered" or "Limited" or the abbreviation "Ltd.", or with the words "Professional Corporation" or the abbreviation "Prof. Corp." or the initials "P. C.". 805 ILCS §32-415-9

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$150 filing fee + franchise tax ($25 minimum) + optional $100 expedite fee. The expedite fee is required if you file online. Franchise tax is calculated as $1.50 per $1,000 on the paid-in capital represented in this state. So if you paid-in less than $16,666, then your franchise tax due is the minimum amount of $25.

Nonprofit Corporation

$50 by mail or $75 online

Limited Liability Company

$150 + optional $100 expedite fee. The expedite fee is required if you file online.

Professional Corporation

$150

Close Corporation

$150

Indiana

Our Resources:

Indiana Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Indiana Secretary of State - Business Services Division

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited", or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd.", or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. IC §23-1-23-1

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited" or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd.", or similar words or abbreviations in another language. IC §23-17-5-1

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Must contain the words "limited liability company" or either of the following abbreviations: (A) "L.L.C."; or (B) "LLC". IC §23-18-2-8

Domestic Professional Corporation

Must include the words "Professional Services Corporation" or "Professional Corporation" or an abbreviation of the words. IC §23-1.5-2-8

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$100

Nonprofit Corporation

$50

Limited Liability Company

$100

Professional Corporation

$100

Iowa

Our Resources:

Iowa Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Iowa Secretary of State

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited", or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd.", or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. Iowa Code §490.401

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. Iowa Code §504.401

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company must contain the words “limited liability company” or “limited company” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.”, “LLC”, “L.C.”, or “LC”. “Limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.”, and “company” may be abbreviated as “Co.”. Iowa Code §489.108

Domestic Professional Corporation

Shall contain the words "professional corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C.", and except for the addition of such words or abbreviation, shall be a name which could lawfully be used by a licensed individual or by a partnership of licensed individuals in the practice in this state of a profession which the corporation is authorized to practice. Iowa Code §496C.5

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$50

Nonprofit Corporation

$20

Limited Liability Company

$50

Professional Corporation

$50

Kansas

Our Resources:

Kansas Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Kansas Secretary of State

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

The name of the corporation which, except for banks, shall contain one of the words "association," "church," "college," "company," "corporation," "club," "foundation," "fund," "incorporated," "institute," "society," "union," "university," "syndicate" or "limited," or one of the abbreviations "co.," "corp.," "inc.," "ltd.," or words or abbreviations of like import in other languages if they are written in Roman characters or letters. K.S.A. §17-7919

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

The name of the corporation which, except for banks, shall contain one of the words "association," "church," "college," "company," "corporation," "club," "foundation," "fund," "incorporated," "institute," "society," "union," "university," "syndicate" or "limited," or one of the abbreviations "co.," "corp.," "inc.," "ltd.," or words or abbreviations of like import in other languages if they are written in Roman characters or letters. K.S.A. §17-7919

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Shall contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company", or the abbreviation "LLC," "LC" or the designation "LLC" or "LC". K.S.A. §17-7920

Domestic Professional Corporation

May include any name set forth in K.S.A. 17-6002, but in all cases the corporate name shall end with the word "chartered" or "professional association" or the abbreviation "P.A." K.S.A. §17-2711

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$90 + optional $20 fax fee or $85 online

Nonprofit Corporation

$20 + optional $20 expedite fee

Limited Liability Company

$165 + optional $20 fax fee

Close Corporation

$90 + optional $20 fax fee or $85 online

Kentucky

Our Resources:

Kentucky Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Kentucky Secretary of State

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

End with the word "corporation," "company," or "limited" or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co.," or "Ltd." or words or abbreviations of like import in another language, provided, however, that if a nonprofit corporation's name includes the word "company" or the abbreviation "Co.," it may not be immediately preceded by the word "and" or the abbreviation "&". KRS 14A.3-010(2)

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

End with the word "corporation," "company," or "limited" or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co.," or "Ltd." or words or abbreviations of like import in another language, provided, however, that if a nonprofit corporation's name includes the word "company" or the abbreviation "Co.," it may not be immediately preceded by the word "and" or the abbreviation "&"; or if a professional service corporation, shall end with the words "professional service corporation" or the abbreviation "P.S.C." KRS 14A.3-010(2)

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The real name of a limited liability company shall end with the phrase "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "LLC" or "LC," provided, however, if the company is a professional limited liability company the name shall end with the phrase "professional limited liability company" or "professional limited company" or the abbreviation "PLLC" or "PLC." In the name of either a limited liability company or a professional limited liability company, the word "limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd." and the word "Company" may be abbreviated as "Co." KRS 14A.3-010(3)

Domestic Professional Corporation

Shall end with the words "professional service corporation" or the abbreviation "P.S.C." KRS §14A.3-010(2)

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$50 for 1,000 authorized shares or less

Nonprofit Corporation

$8

Limited Liability Company

$40

Professional Corporation

$40.00 (pursuant to KRS 136.060, profit entities must add organization tax based on number of shares)

Louisiana

Our Resources:

Louisiana Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic CorporationMust contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited," or the abbreviation, with or without punctuation, "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd.". Louisiana RS §1-401

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Shall not contain the words "bank," "banking," "banker," "savings," "trust," "deposit," "insurance," "mutual," "assurance," "indemnity," "casualty," "fiduciary," "homestead," "building and loan," "surety," "security," "guarantee," "cooperative," "state," "parish," "redevelopment corporation," "electric cooperative," or "credit union.". Louisiana RS §204

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Shall contain the words "limited liability company", the abbreviation "L.L.C.", or the abbreviation "L.C.". For low-profit limited liability companies, shall contain the words "low-profit limited liability company", the abbreviation "L3C", or the abbreviation "l3c". Louisiana RS §12:1306

Domestic Professional Corporation

Louisiana has different name requirements for different industries.

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$75 + optional $30-$50 expedite fee

Nonprofit Corporation

$75 (24 hour processing available for an additional $30; 2-4 hour processing available for an additional $50 fee)

Limited Liability Company

$100 + optional $30-$50 expedite fee

Maine

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Maine Secretary of State - Bureau of Corporations, Elections, and Commissions

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Not required.  13-C MRSA §4-401.

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. 13-B MRSA §3-301-A.

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Must contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.," "LLC," "L.C." or "LC" or, in the case of a low-profit limited liability company, "L3C" or "13c" unless the limited liability company is filing an assumed name under section 1510 or a registration of a name of a foreign limited liability company under section 1511. The word "limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.," and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co.". 31 MRSA §1508

Domestic Professional Corporation

The name of a professional corporation must contain the words "chartered," "professional corporation," "professional association" or "service corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C.," "P.A." or "S.C." 13 MRSA §22A-736

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$145 + optional $50-100 expedite fee

Nonprofit Corporation

$40 + optional $50-$100 expedite fee

Limited Liability Company

$175 + optional $50-100 expedite fee

Maryland

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

The name of a corporation must include one of the following words or an abbreviation of one of the following words: (1) "Company", if it is not preceded by the word "and" or a symbol for the word "and"; (2) "Corporation"; (3) "Incorporated"; or (4) "Limited". 2010 Maryland Code §1-502(a)

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

The name of a corporation must include one of the following words or an abbreviation of one of the following words: (1) "Company", if it is not preceded by the word "and" or a symbol for the word "and"; (2) "Corporation"; (3) "Incorporated"; or (4) "Limited". 2010 Maryland Code §1-502(a)

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Limited liability companies.- The name of a limited liability company must include: (1) The words "limited liability company"; (2) "L.L.C."; (3) "LLC"; (4) "L.C."; or (5) "LC". 2010 Maryland Code §1-502(b)

Domestic Professional Corporation

The corporate name of a professional corporation must include: (i) The word "chartered"; (ii) The abbreviation "chtd."; (iii) The words "professional association"; (iv) The abbreviation "P.A."; (v) The words "professional corporation"; or (vi) The abbreviation "P.C.". 2015 Maryland Code §1-502(f)

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$120 filing fee + optional $5 returned mail fee + optional $50 expedited service fee. The expedite fee is required to file online, by fax, or in-person. If the aggregate par value of the stock exceeds $100,000 or if no par value stock is used and the corporation has authority to issue more than 5,000 shares, then call 1-410-767-1340 for your filing fee.

Nonprofit Corporation

$100 filing fee + $20 organization & capitalization fee + $50 development center fee if applying for 501(c)(3),(4), or (6) + optional $5 return mail fee + optional $50 expedite fee. The expedite fee is required to file online, by fax, or in-person.

Limited Liability Company

$100 + optional $5 returned mail fee + optional $50 expedited service fee. The expedite fee is required to file online, by fax, or in-person.

Close Corporation

$120 filing fee + optional $5 returned mail fee + optional $50 expedited service fee. The expedite fee is required to file online, by fax, or in-person. If the aggregate par value of the stock exceeds $100,000 or if no par value stock is used and the corporation has authority to issue more than 5,000 shares, then call 1-410-767-1340 for your filing fee.

Massachusetts

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Shall contain the word “corporation, “incorporated,” “company,” or “limited” or the abbreviation “corp.,” “inc., or ltd.,” or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. M.G.L. c156D §4.01

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

The name of the organization must indicate that it is a corporation. Churches and other religious societies are exempt from this requirement. MA Gen. L Chapter 155 § 9

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Shall contain the words ''limited liability company'', ''limited company'', or the abbreviation ''L.L.C.'', ''L.C.'', ''LLC'' or ''LC''. M.G.L. §156C.3

Domestic Professional Corporation

Shall end with the word ''Professional Corporation'', ''Corporation'' or ''Incorporated'' or the abbreviation ''P.C.'', ''Corp.'' or ''Inc.'' or any other word or words which in the judgment of the state secretary indicates that the professional corporation is incorporated. M.G.L. §156A.8

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$275 + optional $25 expedite fee + $100 for each 100,000 authorized shares over 275,000

Nonprofit Corporation

$35 by mail and $40 if filing online or by fax.

Limited Liability Company

$500 + optional $25 expedite fee

Professional Corporation

$275 minimum for up to 275,000 shares; ($100 for each additional 100,000 shares)

Michigan

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Except as provided in chapter 2A for a professional corporation, the corporate name of a domestic corporation shall contain the word "corporation", "company", "incorporated", or "limited" or shall contain 1 of the following abbreviations: corp., co., inc., or ltd., with or without periods. 284 MCL §450.1211

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. 162 MCL §450.2212

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a domestic limited liability company shall contain the words "limited liability company", or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "L.C.", with or without periods or other punctuation. The name of a low-profit limited liability company shall contain the words "low-profit limited liability company", or the abbreviation "L.3.C." or "l.3.c.", with or without periods or other punctuation. 23 MCL §450.4204

Domestic Professional Corporation

Shall contain the words "professional corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C." with or without periods or other punctuation. 284 MCL §450.1283

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$60 for up to 60,000 authorized shares + optional $50-1,000 expedite service

Nonprofit Corporation

$20 + optional $50-1,000 expedite service

Limited Liability Company

$50 + optional $50-1,000 expedite service

Professional Corporation

$50 minimum (depends on authorized shares) + $10 filing fee.

Minnesota

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Use "corporation," "incorporated," or "limited," or shall contain an abbreviation of one or more of these words, or the word "company" or the abbreviation "Co." if that word or abbreviation is not immediately preceded by the word "and" or the character "&". § 302A.115 Minnesota Statutes

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Optional. A corporate name need not contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or an abbreviation of one of these words. § 317A.115 Minnesota Statutes

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Contain the words "limited liability company," or must contain the abbreviation "LLC". § 322B.115 Minnesota Statutes

Domestic Professional Corporation

Must end with any one of the following phrases, words, or abbreviations: "Professional Corporation"; "Professional Service Corporation"; "Service Corporation"; "Professional Association"; "Chartered";"Limited"; "P.C."; "P.S.C."; "S.C."; "P.A."; "Ltd.". §319B.05 Minnesota Statutes

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$135 by mail. $155 online or expedited in-person.

Nonprofit Corporation

$70 by mail. $90 online or expedited in-person.

Limited Liability Company

$135 by mail. $155 online or expedited in-person.

Mississippi

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company" or "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "inc.," "co." or "ltd." or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. Mississippi Code §79-4-401

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. Mississippi Code §79-11-157

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Must contain the words "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC". Mississippi Code §79-29-109

Domestic Professional Corporation

Must contain the words "professional corporation" or "professional association" or the abbreviations "P.C.," "PC," "P.A." or "PA". Mississippi Code §79-10-21

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$50

Nonprofit Corporation

$50

Limited Liability Company

$50

Missouri

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Shall contain the word "corporation", "company", "incorporated", or "limited", or shall end with an abbreviation of one of said words. Missouri Revised Statutes §351.110

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. Missouri Revised Statues §355.146

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Shall contain the words "limited company" or "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "LC", "LLC", "L.C." or "L.L.C." Missouri Revised Statutes §347.020

Domestic Professional Corporation

Contain the words "Professional Corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C.". Missouri Revised Statutes §356.071

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$58 for up to $30,000 authorized shares. $5 additional for every $10,000 or authorized shares over $30,000.

Nonprofit Corporation

$25

Limited Liability Company

$50 online. $105 by mail or fax.

Close Corporation

$58 for up to $30,000 authorized shares. $5 additional for every $10,000 or authorized shares over $30,000.

Montana

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited"; the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd."; or words or abbreviations of similar meaning in another language. Montana Code Annotated §35-1-308

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. Montana Code Annotated §35-2-305

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of each limited liability company as set forth in its articles of organization must contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviations "l.l.c.", "l.c.", "llc", or "lc". The word "limited" may be abbreviated as "ltd.", and the word "company" may be abbreviated as "co.". Montana Code Annotated §35-8-103

Domestic Professional Corporation

Must contain the words "professional corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C." and may not contain any other words to indicate the type of business that it is other than "professional corporation" or "P.C." unless the name of a foreign corporation contains the words "professional services" or "P.S.". Montana Code Annotated §35-4-206

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$70 + optional $20-100 expedite fee

Nonprofit Corporation

$20

Limited Liability Company

$70 + optional $20-100 expedite fee

Nebraska

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Shall contain the word corporation, incorporated, company, or limited, or the abbreviation corp., inc., co., or ltd., or words or abbreviations of like import in another language, except that a corporation organized to conduct a banking business under the Nebraska Banking Act may use a name which includes the word bank without using any such words or abbreviations. State of Nebraska Statutes §21-230

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. State of Nebraska Statutes §21-1931

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company must contain the words limited liability company or limited company or the abbreviation L.L.C., LLC, L.C., or LC. Limited may be abbreviated as Ltd., and company may be abbreviated as Co. State of Nebraska Statutes §21-108

Domestic Professional Corporation

Shall contain the word professional corporation, or P.C. State of Nebraska Statutes §21-2206

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$60 + $5/page for up to $10,000 authorized stock. $100 + $5/page for $10,001 - $25,000 authorized stock.

Nonprofit Corporation

$10 + $5/page recording fee

Limited Liability Company

$100 + $5/page recording fee

Professional Corporation

Depends on capital stock, minimum of $60.

Nevada

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

A name appearing to be that of a natural person and containing a given name or initials must not be used as a corporate name except with an additional word or words such as “Incorporated,” “Limited,” “Inc.,” “Ltd.,” “Company,” “Co.,” “Corporation,” “Corp.,” or other word which identifies it as not being a natural person. NRS §78.035

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

A name appearing to be that of a natural person and containing a given name or initials must not be used as a corporate name except with an additional word or words such as “Incorporated,” “Inc.,” “Limited,” “Ltd.,” “Company,” “Co.,” “Corporation,” “Corp.,” or other word which identifies it as not being a natural person. NRS §82.086

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited-liability company formed under the provisions of this chapter must contain the words “Limited-Liability Company,” “Limited Liability Company,” “Limited Company,” or “Limited” or the abbreviations “Ltd.,” “L.L.C.,” “L.C.,” “LLC” or “LC.” The word “Company” may be abbreviated as “Co.” NRS §86.171

Domestic Professional Corporation

Must contain the words "Professional Corporation" or the abbreviation "Prof. Corp.", "PC", or the word "Chartered" or the abbreviation "Chtd.", or "Limited" or the abbreviation "Ltd.". NRS §89.040

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$75 for $75,000 authorized shares or less + $125 initial list of officers fee. Optional $125 expedite fee.

Nonprofit Corporation

$50 + optional $125-$1,000 expedite fee

Limited Liability Company

$75 + optional $125 expedite fee

New Hampshire

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Contain the word “corporation,” ” incorporated,” or “limited” or the abbreviation “corp.” “inc.”, or ” ltd.”, or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. 293-A:4.01 New Hampshire RSA

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. 292:3 New Hampshire RSA

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of each limited liability company as set forth in its certificate of formation: (a) Shall contain the words “limited liability company” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.”or similar abbreviation. 304-C:32 New Hampshire RSA

Domestic Professional Corporation

Shall end with one of the following words or abbreviations: "professional corporation", "professional association", "Prof. Corp.", Prof Ass'n", "P.C", or "P.A" or similar abbreviations of these words. 294-A:7 New Hampshire RSA

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$100

Nonprofit Corporation

$25 state fee + $5 city/town fee = $30 total

Limited Liability Company

$100

Professional Corporation

$100

New Jersey

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Shall contain the word "corporation," "company," "incorporated," or shall contain an abbreviation of one of those words, or shall include the abbreviation Ltd. or shall contain words or abbreviations of like import in other languages. New Jersey Statutes 14A:2-2

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Shall contain one of the following: "a New Jersey nonprofit corporation," "incorporated," "corporation," "inc.," or "corp." unless it is a corporation which could organize pursuant to the provisions of Title 16 of the Revised Statutes. New Jersey Statues 15A2:2

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company shall contain the words "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC". "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.", and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co.". New Jersey Statutes 42:2C-8

Domestic Professional Corporation

Shall contain the full or last names of one or more of the shareholders or a name descriptive of the type of professional service in which the corporation will be engaged and shall also contain the words "chartered", "professional association", or "a professional corporation", or the abbreviation "P.A.", "P.C.", "PA", or "PC". New Jersey Statutes §14A:17-14

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$125 + optional $15-$1,000 expedite fee + optional $.10/page for a return fax

Nonprofit Corporation

$75

Limited Liability Company

$125 + optional $25-$1,000 expedite fee + optional $.10/page for a return fax

Professional Corporation

$125

New Mexico

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

The corporate name shall: contain the separate word "corporation," "company," "incorporated" or "limited" or shall contain a separate abbreviation of one of these words; NMSA §53-11-7

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. NMSA §53-8-7

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company shall be stated in its articles of organization and shall contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.", "LLC", "L.C." or "LC". The word "limited" may be abbreviated as "ltd." and the word "company" may be abbreviated as "co.". NMSA §53-19-3

Domestic Professional Corporation

Shall contain the words "limited", "chartered", "professional association", or "professional corporation" or shall contain an abbreviation of those words. NMSA §53-6-6

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$100 for up to $100,000 authorized shares + optional $100-150 expedite fee

Nonprofit Corporation

$25 + optional $100-150 expedite fee

Limited Liability Company

$50 + optional $100-150 expedite fee

New York

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Shall contain the word "corporation", "incorporated" or "limited", or an abbreviation of one of such words; or, in the case of a foreign corporation, it shall, for use in this state, add at the end of its name one of such words or an abbreviation thereof. NY BSC §301

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

"Shall, unless the corporation is formed for charitable or religious purposes, or for purposes for which the approval of the commissioner of social services or the public health and health planning council is required, or is a bar association, contain the word 'corporation', 'incorporated', or 'limited' or an abbreviation of one of such words" NY NPC § 301

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Shall contain without abbreviation the words "Limited Liability Company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC". NY LLC §204

Domestic Professional Corporation

Shall end with the words "Professional Corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C." The name of a design professional service corporation shall end with the words "design professional corporation" or the abbreviation "D.P.C.". NY BSC §1512

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$125 + $10 tax on 200 no par value shares (minimum share tax) + optional $25-150 expedite fee

Nonprofit Corporation

$75 + optional $25-150 expedite fee

Limited Liability Company

$200 + optional $25-150 expedite fee

Professional Corporation

$125

North Carolina

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

The name of a corporation must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited", or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd.". NC General Statutes § 55D-20(a)

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

The name of a corporation must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited", or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd.". NC General Statutes § 55D-20(a)

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company must contain the words "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC", or the combination "ltd. liability co.", "limited liability co.", or "ltd. liability company". NC General Statutes § 55D-20(a)

Domestic Professional Corporation

May use the words "Professional Association, P.A.", "Professional Corporation", or "P.C." in lieu of corporate designations specified in Chapter 55D. NC General Statutes § 55B-5

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$125 + optional $100-200 expedite fee

Nonprofit Corporation

$60 + optional $100-200 expedite fee

Limited Liability Company

$125 + optional $100-200 expedite fee

Professional Corporation

$125

North Dakota

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Must contain the word "company", "corporation", "incorporated", "limited", or an abbreviation of one or more of these words. N.D.C.C. 10-19.1-13

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Need not contain the word "company", "corporation", "incorporated", "limited", or an abbreviation of one or more of these words. N.D.C.C. 10-33-10

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Must contain the words "limited liability company", or must contain the abbreviation "L.L.C." or the abbreviation "LLC". N.D.C.C. 10-32-10

Domestic Professional Corporation

Must contain the word "chartered", the word "limited" or the abbreviation "Ltd.", the words "professional corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C." or "PC", or the words "professional association" or the abbreviation "P.A." or "PA". N.D.C.C. 10-31-05

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$100

Nonprofit Corporation

$40

Limited Liability Company

$135

Professional Corporation

$100

Ohio

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

It shall end with or include the word or abbreviation "company," "co.," "corporation," "corp.," "incorporated," or "inc." Ohio Revised Code §1701.05

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. Ohio Revised Code §1702

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company shall include the words, "limited liability company," without abbreviation or shall include one of the following abbreviations: "LLC," "L.L.C.," "limited," "ltd.," or "ltd". Ohio Revised Code §1705.05

Domestic Professional Corporation

It shall end with or include the word or abbreviation "company," "co.," "corporation," "corp.," "incorporated," or "inc." Ohio Revised Code §1701.05

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$99 + optional $50 preclearance + optional $100-300 expedite service

Nonprofit Corporation

$99

Limited Liability Company

$99 + optional $50 preclearance + optional $100-300 expedite service

Professional Corporation

$99

Oklahoma

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

The name of the corporation which shall contain one of the words “association”, “company”, “corporation”, “club”, “foundation”, “fund”, “incorporated”, “institute”, “society”, “union”, “syndicate”, or “limited” or abbreviations thereof, with or without punctuation, or words or abbreviations thereof, with or without punctuation, of like import of foreign countries or jurisdictions; provided that such abbreviations are written in Roman characters or letters. Oklahoma Statutes §18-1006

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

The name of the corporation must contain one of the words “association”, “company”, “corporation”, “club”, “foundation”, “fund”, “incorporated”, “institute”, “society”, “union”, “syndicate”, “limited” or one of the abbreviations “co.”, “corp.”, “inc.”, “ltd.”, or words or abbreviations of like import in other languages provided that such abbreviations are written in Roman characters or letters.

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name shall contain either the words limited liability company or limited company or the abbreviations "LLC", "LC", "L.L.C." or "L.C." The word limited may be abbreviated as "Ltd." and the word company may be abbreviated as "Co.". Oklahoma Statutes §18-2008

Domestic Professional Corporation

Shall end with one or more of the words or abbreviations permitted in the applicable associated acts; provided, that such words or abbreviations shall be modified by the word "professional" or some abbreviation of the combination, with or without punctuation, including, without limitation: "P.C.", "P.L.P." or "P.L.L.C.". Oklahoma Statutes §18-807.

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$50 for up to $50,000 authorized shares + optional $25 expedite fee for in-person same-day service

Nonprofit Corporation

$25

Limited Liability Company

$100 + optional $25 expedite fee for in-person same-day service

Professional Corporation

Minimum of $50

Oregon

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

A corporate name shall contain one or more of the words corporation, incorporated, company or limited or an abbreviation of one or more of those words. ORS §60.094

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. ORS §65.094

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of the limited liability company shall contain the words limited liability company or the abbreviation L.L.C. or LLC. ORS §63.094

Domestic Professional Corporation

Shall contain the words professional corporation or the abbreviations P.C. or Prof. Corp. ORS §58.115

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$100

Nonprofit Corporation

$50

Limited Liability Company

$100

Professional Corporation

$100

Pennsylvania

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Must contain the word "corporation", "company", "incorporated", or "limited" or an abbreviation of any of these terms, the word "association", "fund", or "syndicate", or words or abbreviations of like import.  Pennsylvania Code Title 15 §203

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. Pennsylvania Code Title 15 §203

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Must contain the term "company", "limited", or "limited liability company" or an abbreviation of one of those terms, or words or abbreviations of like import. Pennsylvania Code Title 2 §204

Domestic Professional Corporation

May contain the word "and" or any symbol or substitute therefore, the word "associates", and the term "P.C.". Pennsylvania Code Title 15 §2921

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$125

Nonprofit Corporation

$125

Limited Liability Company

$125

Close Corporation

$125

Rhode Island

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Must contain the word "corporation," "company," "incorporated," or "limited," or an abbreviation of one of these words. R.I. Gen. Laws §7-1.2-401

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. R.I. Gen. Laws §7-6-11

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Shall end with either the words "limited liability company" or the upper or lower case letters "l.l.c." with or without punctuation, or, if organized as a low-profit limited liability company, shall end with either the words "low-profit limited liability company" or the abbreviation "L3C" or "13c" R.I. Gen. Laws §7-16-9

Domestic Professional Corporation

Shall end with the words "professional corporation" or "corporation" or "incorporated" or "limited" or the abbreviations "p.c." or "pc" or "corp." or "inc." or "ltd." R.I. Gen. Laws §7-5.1-7

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$230 for less than 75,000,000 shares of authorized stock

Nonprofit Corporation

$35

Limited Liability Company

$150

Professional Corporation

$230

Benefit Corporation

$230

Close Corporation

$230 for less than 75,000,000 shares of authorized stock

South Carolina

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Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited", the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd.", or words or abbreviations of like import in another language South Carolina Code of Laws §33-4-101

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. South Carolina Code of Laws §33-33-401

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Must contain the words 'limited liability company' or 'limited company' or the abbreviation 'L.L.C.', 'LLC', 'L.C.', or 'LC'. 'Limited' may be abbreviated as 'Ltd.', and 'company' may be abbreviated as 'Co.'.  South Carolina Code of Laws §33-44-105

Domestic Professional Corporation

Must contain the words "professional corporation", "professional association", "service corporation", or "chartered" or the abbreviation "P.C.", "PC", or "P.A.", or "PA". South Carolina Code of Laws §33-19-150

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$135

Nonprofit Corporation

$25

Limited Liability Company

$110

Professional Corporation

$110

Close Corporation

$135

Close Professional Corporation

$135

South Dakota

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South Dakota Business Start-up Guide

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South Dakota Secretary of State

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

A corporate name must contain the term, corporation, incorporated, company, or limited, or the abbreviation, corp., inc., co., or ltd., or terms or abbreviations of like import in another language. South Dakota Codified Laws §47-1A-401

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. South Dakota Codified Laws §47-22-7

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company must contain, limited liability company, or limited company, or the abbreviation, L.L.C., LLC, L.C., or LC. Limited may be abbreviated as Ltd. and company may be abbreviated as Co. South Dakota Codified Laws §47-34A-105

Domestic Professional Corporation

A corporate name must contain the term, corporation, incorporated, company, or limited, or the abbreviation, corp., inc., co., or ltd., or terms or abbreviations of like import in another language. South Dakota Codified Laws §47-1A-401

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$150 + optional $50 expedite fee.

Nonprofit Corporation

$30 + optional $50 expedite fee

Limited Liability Company

$150 + optional $50 expedite fee.

Tennessee

Our Resources:

Tennessee Business Start-up Guide

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Tennessee Secretary of State - Division of Business Services

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Must contain the word “corporation,” “incorporated,” “company,” or the abbreviation “corp.,” “inc.,” “co.,” or words or abbreviations of like import in another language (provided they are written in roman characters or letters. Tenn. Code Ann. §48-14-101

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. Tenn. Code Ann. §48-54-101

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Must contain the words "limited liability company," or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC," or words or abbreviations of like import in another language; provided, that they are written in roman characters or letters. Tenn. Code Ann. §48-207-101

Domestic Professional Corporation

Must contain the words "professional corporation", "professional association", or "service corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C.", "P.A.", or "S.C.". Tenn. Code Ann. §48-101-609

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$100

Nonprofit Corporation

$100

Limited Liability Company

$50 per member in existence on the date of the filing, with a minimum fee of $300 and a maximum fee of $3,000

Texas

Our Resources:

Texas Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Texas Secretary of State - Corporations Section

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

The name of a corporation or foreign corporation must contain: (1) the word "company," "corporation," "incorporated," or "limited"; or (2) an abbreviation of one of those words. Texas Business Organizations Code §5.054

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. Texas Business Organizations Code §5.054 and Texas Business Organizations Code c22

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company or a foreign limited liability company doing business in this state must contain: (1)the phrase "limited liability company" or "limited 3 company"; or (2) an abbreviation of one of those phrases. Texas Business Organizations Code §5.054

Domestic Professional Corporation

Must contain the word "associated", "associates", or "association"; the phrase "professional association"; or an abbreviation of one of those words. Texas Business Organizations Code §5.058

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$300 + optional 2.7% credit card convenience fee

Nonprofit Corporation

$25

Limited Liability Company

$300

Professional Corporation

$750

Close Corporation

$15

Utah

Our Resources:

Utah Business Start-up Guide

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Utah Department of Commerce - Division of Corporations and Commerical Code

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

The name of a corporation: (a) except for the name of a depository institution as defined in Section 7-1-103, shall contain: (i) the word: (A) "corporation"; (B) "incorporated"; or (C) "company"; (ii) the abbreviation: (A) "corp."; (B) "inc."; or (C) "co."; or (iii) words or abbreviations of like import to the words or abbreviations listed in Subsections (1)(a)(i) and (ii) in another language. Utah Code §16-10a-401

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

The corporate name of a nonprofit corporation: (a) may, but need not contain: (i) the word "corporation," "incorporated," or "company"; or (ii) an abbreviation of "corporation," "incorporated," or "company". Utah Code §16-6a-401

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company must contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.", "LLC", "L.C.", or "LC". "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.", and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co.". Utah Code § 48-3a-108

Domestic Professional Corporation

Shall contain the terms: "professional corporation" or "P.C.". Utah Code §16-11-16

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$70 + optional $75 expedite fee.

Nonprofit Corporation

$30

Limited Liability Company

$70 + optional $75 expedite fee.

Professional Corporation

$70

Vermont

Our Resources:

Vermont Business Start-up Guide

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Vermont Secretary of State - Division of Corporations

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Shall contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "inc.," "co.," or "ltd.," or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. 11A V.S.A. §4.01

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Shall contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "inc.," "co.," or "ltd.," or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. 11B V.S.A. §4.01

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Except for a low-profit limited liability company, the name of a limited liability company as set forth in its articles of organization shall contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.," "LLC," "L.C.," or "LC." The word "limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd." and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co.".  11 V.S.A. §4005

Domestic Professional Corporation

Must contain the words "professional corporation," "professional association," "limited," or "service corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C." , "P.A.", "LTD.", or "S.C." 11 V.S.A. §825

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$125

Nonprofit Corporation

$125

Limited Liability Company

$125

Close Corporation

$125

Close Professional Corporation

$125

Close Benefit Corporation

$125

Virginia

Our Resources:

Virginia Business Start-up Guide

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Virginia State Corporation Commission

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

A corporate name shall contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "inc.," "co.," or "ltd." Such words and their corresponding abbreviations may be used interchangeably for all purposes. Code of Virginia §13.1-630

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Not required. Code of Virginia §13.1-829

Domestic Limited Liability Company

A limited liability company name shall contain the words "limited company" or "limited liability company" or their abbreviations "L.C.," "LC," "L.L.C.," or "LLC." Code of Virginia §13.1-1012

Domestic Professional Corporation

May use the initials "P.C." or "PC" or the phrase "professional corporation" or "a professional corporation" at the end of its corporate name. Code of Virginia §13.1-544.1

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$75 for 25,000 authorized shares or less + optional $100-200 expedite fee. See fee schedule for additional shares.

Nonprofit Corporation

$50 charter fee + $25 filing fee = $75 total

Limited Liability Company

$100 + optional $100-200 expedite fee

Washington

Our Resources:

Washington Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Washington Secretary of State - Corporations Division

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "inc.," "co.," or "ltd.". RCW §23.95.305

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Shall not include or end with "incorporated," "company," "corporation," "partnership," "limited partnership," or "Ltd.," or any abbreviation thereof, but may use "club," "league," "association," "services," "committee," "fund," "society," "foundation," ". . . . . ., a nonprofit corporation," or any name of like import. RCW §23.95.305

Domestic Limited Liability Company

Must contain the words "Limited Liability Company," the words "Limited Liability" and abbreviation "Co.," or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC" RCW §23.95.305

Domestic Professional Corporation

Must contain either the words "professional service" or "professional corporation" or the abbreviation "P.S." or "P.C." The name may also contain either the words "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co.," or "Ltd." The name of a professional service corporation organized to render dental services must contain the full names or surnames of all shareholders and no other word than "chartered" or the words "professional services" or the abbreviation "P.S." or "P.C." RCW §23.95.305

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$180 by mail or in-person. $230 expedited by mail or in-person. $200 online.

Nonprofit Corporation

$30 by mail. $80 expedited by mail. $50 online.

Limited Liability Company

$180 by mail or in-person. $230 expedited by mail or in-person. $200 online.

West Virginia

Our Resources:

West Virginia Business Start-up Guide

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West Virginia Secretary of State - Business and Licensing Division

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company" or "limited", or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co." or "ltd.", or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. West Virginia Code §31D-4-401

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "inc.," "co.," or "ltd.," or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. West Virginia Code §31E-4-401

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company must contain "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.", "LLC", "L.C." or "LC". "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd." and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co.". West Virginia Code §31B-1-105

Domestic Professional Corporation

Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company" or "limited", or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co." or "ltd.", or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. West Virginia Code §31D-4-401

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$100 ($30 tax registration fee also applies if filed online)

Nonprofit Corporation

$25

Limited Liability Company

$100

Wisconsin

Our Resources:

Wisconsin Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) - Corporation Section

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Shall contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company" or "limited" or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co." or "ltd." or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. Wisconsin Statutes §180.0401

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Shall contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company" or "limited" or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co." or "ltd." or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. Wisconsin Statutes §181.0401

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company as set forth in its articles of organization must contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited liability co." or end with the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC". Wisconsin Statutes §183.0103

Domestic Professional Corporation

May bear the last name of one or more persons formerly or currently associated with it. A service corporation may adopt a name which does not include the surname of any present or former shareholder. The corporate name shall end with the word "chartered" or "limited", or the words "service corporation", or the abbreviation "ltd." or "S.C.". Wisconsin Statutes §180.1907

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$100 + optional $25 expedite fee

Nonprofit Corporation

$35

Limited Liability Company

$170 paper or $130 online. Optional $25 expedite fee by either filing method.

Close Corporation

$100 + optional $25 expedite fee

Wyoming

Our Resources:

Wyoming Business Start-up Guide

Name Search:

Wyoming Secretary of State - Business Division

Suffix Requirements:

Domestic Corporation

Unclear; apparently any of "corporation," "company," "incorporated," and probably the usual abbreviations of "Corp." "Co." and "Inc."

Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

Unclear; apparently any of "corporation," "company," "incorporated," and probably the usual abbreviations of "Corp." "Co." and "Inc."

Domestic Limited Liability Company

The name must include the words Limited Liability Company, or its abbreviations LLC, L.L.C., Limited Company, LC, L.C., Ltd. Liability Company, Ltd. Liability Co., or Limited Liability Co. .  WY Stat §17-29-108

Domestic Professional Corporation

Unclear; apparently any of "corporation," "company," "incorporated," and probably the usual abbreviations of "Corp." "Co." and "Inc."

Formation Fee:

Corporation

$100

Nonprofit Corporation

$25

Limited Liability Company

$100

Close Corporation

$100

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