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welcome to the LLC name research video there are a few things to keep in mind when selecting your LLC name your desired LLC name must be distinguishable and cannot be too similar to the names of existing organized entities there are also certain restrictions and requirements to keep in mind regarding the use of certain words and abbreviations suffixes and different business types do not constitute a difference for example the name business enterprises LLC would not be available for use if there was an active corporation filed under the name business enterprises incorporated the singular plural and possessive forms of a word are considered the same and spaces and punctuation do not constitute a difference inserting the words and the and we're using the ampersand symbol do not constitute a difference either for example umbrellas LLC and umbrella incorporated and the umbrella limited are considered the same and are not distinguishable from one another neither are the names apple orange LLC apples and oranges LLC and apple and orange limited the word Florida the abbreviation FL or the words of Florida at the end of the name do not constitute a difference either for example PGM logistics LLC would not be available for use if there was an active LLC with the name PGM Logistics of Florida LLC your LLC name will be available for use if there are no other names like it you will also need to pay attention to the status of existing registered names in the search results as some are available for use and some are not names with an inactive or enact status are available for use these are prior business names which have since expired and are now available to new businesses names with the act act or inactive /un for inactive and unavailable are not available for use active names are currently registered business names and an inactive and unavailable name is not yet available for new businesses to use we will go into detail through our examples in our online search since an LLC is not a corporation you cannot use the words incorporated or corporation or an abbreviation of either such as ink or Corp your LLC name must end with the words limited the liability company or the abbreviations LLC dot or LLC the abbreviation LLC is the most common if your LLC will be used in conducting business with others you may want to make it easy to remember easy to spell and something remarkable we also recommend thinking of an alternative name now in case you find yours is unavailable example your desired LLC name is speedy delivery services LLC and an alternative would be quick delivery LLC or at your door quick LLC keep in mind that if after you submit your articles of organization which is discussed in lesson 2 and it is discovered that your name is not available for use the division of corporations will send back your filing with details on what needs to be changed there are no additional costs associated with this we are now ready to search your desired LLC name against all of the registered entities in florida the link below this video will take you to the state's online database let's head over to the state's website this is what the search page will look like if for any reason the link below this video did not work please go to WWN biz org once on the homepage scroll down and on the left click search our records underneath corporations trademarks limited partnerships and limited liability companies click the first link which is inquire by name for a first example we will use bagels with LOX LLC I'm now going to type bagels with LOX into the search bar and then click search now capitalization is not important and don't enter the suffix such as limited liability company or the letters LLC you can just enter the first part once the search results are displayed you have to look through the alphabetical list and find the LLC name here you can see bagels with LOX LLC and if you scroll over to the right under status this is active that means that this is a registered business and I cannot use that name for my LLC remember if you see the status active AC T inactive /un which is in active and unavailable or you see named HS any of those names will not be available for use I'm now going to click the back button and let's try another search for this example I'm going to use the ride Adventures LLC I've entered the words the ride Adventures and I'm going to click search now you'll see here in research results that the first one that came up was ride Adventures LLC and if I look under status this is an active registered business although my desired name was the ride adventures LLC there's already a business with the name ride Adventures LLC remember the words the N a + + / sound or space don't constitute a difference in this example I cannot use this name I'm going to hit the back button again and we'll do another example for this example I'm going to go with a name Ships cafe of Florida I've entered the words and I'm now going to click search now sometimes you'll need to scroll through the list in order to see whether or not there is a similar name since I typed in ships cafe I'm realizing that the first results are a little bit ahead in alphabetical order I'm going to scroll down and click previous list and I'm gonna scroll down to the bottom you'll see at the bottom here I found ships cafe LLC and although I wanted the name ships cafe of Florida LLC using the word Florida the abbreviation FL or the words of Florida does not constitute a difference and in this case because this business is active I cannot use this name let's go back to the search screen and do another example for this example the desired LLC name is consulting across borders I've entered the desire name and will click search now for this example you'll see that we've come across consulting across borders Incorporated however if you look to the right hand side this name is inactive which means it's available for use the status in act or inactive means that the name has expired and is now available for new businesses if this were my LLC name of choice I could now move forward onto the next step which is the articles of organization let's do one more example let's go with the name byah Management LLC I've typed in the words by a management and I'm going to click search now as I scroll through this list I realize that there are no other existing businesses with even the word bhaiyya let alone by a management or something similar for this example I could move forward with the name by a management LLC if you have specific questions regarding your LLC's name availability you can call the division of corporations directly at eight five zero two four five six zero five one once you have found a name that either no one else has registered or a name that has an inactive status you're ready to move forward onto the next step please see lesson 2 for instructions on how to file the articles of organization this now concludes the name 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Thanks for your comment Tory Schwarcz, have a nice day.
- Linda Bleattler, Staff Member
name in the state of Florida you want to click on the link just below this video I'll bring you right to this page it's as easy as this you just click and write in the box here and then type in any corporation that you want to look up we'll just do mcdonalds and it brings us a list of all the corporations that have the word McDonald's in it so obviously if you're looking for a very specific corporation you want to type as much as you can as possible to get you down to the exact one you want but we were just doing a quick example and if you want mcdonald's corporation information its owner where to send any kind of forms to them if you're looking to and that's their CEO as of right now Donald Thompson and this gives you all their background information and also you can see any files that they've done annual reports and I think the state of Florida makes you pay for some others but that's it that's how you can do a quick little search of all the corporations in Florida
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- Linda Bleattler
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