Last Updated on August 27, 2020

Before finalizing the name of your California LLC, you will want to make sure the name meets all of the state requirements such as the correct usage of the entity designator, the name is distinguishable from other registered names, and the name can’t use certain words related to bank

Entity Designator

The name of a limited liability company shall contain the words “limited liability company,” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.” or “LLC.” “Limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.,” and “company” may be abbreviated as “Co.”

Distinguishable

Unless authorized by subdivision (c), the name of a limited liability company shall not be a name that the Secretary of State determines is likely to mislead the public and shall be distinguishable in the records of the Secretary of State from all of the following:

(1) The name of any limited liability company or foreign limited liability company authorized to transact business in this state.

(2) Each name reserved under Section 17701.09 .

(c) A limited liability company may apply to the Secretary of State for authorization to use a name that does not comply with subdivision (b).  The Secretary of State shall authorize use of the name applied for if, as to each noncomplying name, either of the following applies:

(1) The present user, registrant, or owner of the noncomplying name consents in a signed record to the use and submits an undertaking in a form satisfactory to the Secretary of State to change the noncomplying name to a name that complies with subdivision (b) and is distinguishable in the records of the Secretary of State from the name applied for.

(2) The applicant delivers to the Secretary of State a certified copy of the final judgment of a court establishing the applicant’s right to use in this state the name applied for.

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Word Restrictions

The name shall not include the words “bank,” “trust,” “trustee,” “incorporated,” “inc.,” “corporation,” or “corp.” and shall not include the words “insurer” or “insurance company” or any other words suggesting that it is in the business of issuing policies of insurance and assuming insurance risks.

Reference: California Code, Corporations Code – CORP § 17701.08