Guidelines for Naming a Delaware LLC

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Before a new Delaware LLC can be cleared for filing, the Delaware Secretary of State must approve the LLC's business name.

Below are several points to keep in mind when naming an LLC, including naming conventions that are considered acceptable but not required, additions that are considered mandatory and inclusions that are prohibited.

Mandatory Inclusions

  • Your LLC name must contain either the abbreviation LLC, L.L.C. or the words "Limited Liability Company." You can put a comma after the name and before the foregoing LLC designations if you prefer, but most people choose not to use the comma.
  • If the name you select includes words in a foreign language, a translation must accompany the application for filing the formation.

Your LLC Name Can Never Contain

  • Any reference to the word "bank," or any variation thereof which may indicate the company is a bank, without the approval of the Delaware Banking Commission.
  • Words the Delaware Secretary of State deems lewd, racist or objectionable.

At The Owner's Discretion Your LLC Name Can Contain

  • Any combination of capital and lowercase letters, including an uppercase letter in the body of the name. For instance, "John Doe LLC" or "GreatBuys LLC."
  • Numbers as well as letters. For instance, "40 Scott Road LLC."
  • Your name or the name of other LLC members.
  • Any of the following words in their entirety or in an abbreviated form: company, association, club, foundation, fund, institute, society, union, syndicate, limited or trust.
  • Words in foreign languages. As stated above, if the name contains any non-English words, a translation must be submitted along with the application for filing the formation.
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