Registering a Corporate Name

Choosing a business name is one of the first steps in the process of forming your Massachusetts Corporation. The name that you choose:

  • Must be distinguishable from any other registered Massachusetts business entity and any reserved names on record, subject to certain exceptions under Massachusetts law
  • May not state or imply that the Massachusetts corporation is organized for a purpose other than that stated in its articles of incorporation

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

In addition, the name must contain one of (or an abbreviation of) the following endings:

  • Incorporated
  • Corporation
  • Company
  • Limited

Massachusetts law restricts the use of certain words and phrases in business names. When you incorporate with United Agent Services, your business name choices are reviewed for compliance with applicable commonwealth laws.

Reserving a Corporate Name

In the event that you have chosen an available Massachusetts corporation name but have not yet fully committed to it, you may put it on reserve. This allows you the exclusive right to use the name for a limited time. A person may apply to reserve a name for the purpose of incorporation by paying the fee. If the Secretary finds that the corporate name applied for is available, he or she will reserve the name for the applicant’s use for a renewable 60 day period.