Registering a Limited Liability Company Name

Choosing a business name is one of the first steps in the process of forming your Washington Limited Liability Company. The name that you choose:

  • Must contain, as the last words of the name, “limited liability company” or “L.L.C.” or “LLC” or “limited liability co.”
  • May contain the name of a member or manager
  • Must not contain language stating or implying that the LLC is organized for any unlawful purpose
  • Must be distinguishable from the names of any Washington Limited Liability Company reserved, registered, or formed under Washington law or qualified to do business as a foreign LLC in this state
  • Must not contain any of the words “Bank,” “banking,” “banker,” “trust,” “cooperative,” “partnership,” “corporation,” “incorporated,” or the abbreviations “corp.,” “ltd.,” or “inc.,” or “LP,” “L.P.,” “LLP,” “L.L.P.”
  • Must not contain any combination of the words “industrial” and “loan”
  • Must not contain any combination of any two or more of the words “building,” “savings,” “loan,” “home,” “association,” and “society”
  • Must not contain any other words or phrases prohibited by any statute of this state

An LLC may apply to choose a name that is not distinguishable from the Secretary of State records if the present user, registrant or owner of the reserved name:

  • Consents to the use in writing to the use AND
  • Files documents necessary to change its name or name reserved or registered to something distinguishable

United Agent Services allows you to choose up to 3 names, in order of preference. We will conduct a name check for your Washington Limited Liability Company before filing to see which names are available.

Registering a Name

Once you have chosen an available name, United Agent Services can help you register your name with the state.