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Availability of LLC and Corporate Names in Virginia?

Posted by Bernard Dietz | May 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

How do you find out whether the name you want to use for your new Virginia LLC or Virginia corporation is available?  There are two ways:

  1. You can check online by accessing the Virginia State Corporation Commission's online database (called the Clerk's Information System) located here.  Type in a potential name you would like to use; or
  2. Call the Clerk's Office at 804-371-9733 or toll free (if you're in Virginia) at 866-722-2551 and ask the Clerk to check for you.

Look for the exact name or a confusing similarity with an existing Virginia LLC or Virginia corporation to avoid having your Articles returned to you.  And beware – this is not the same thing as “trademark clearance.”  Be sure to look deeper to be sure you're not about to infringe someone else's trademark.

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Bernard Dietz

Bernie Dietz is a Virginia lawyer and Virginia business attorney with more than 15 years of experience as both an attorney and a business executive, which gives him a unique view into the special needs of small to medium sized businesses. He has worked in business development, sales, and marketin...

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