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Name Availabilities


A corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company or limited liability partnership organized or registered to do business in Pennsylvania is granted the exclusive use of a name by reserving the name or incorporating and/or filing the name.

The name of every Pennsylvania business corporation must include a designator "incorporated", "corporation", "limited" "company"(or an abbreviation thereof), or "association", "fund", or "syndicate".

Any corporation organized under the business corporation law or nonprofit corporation law may not express or imply a purpose to engage in activities as a governmental agency.

Domestic or foreign corporations, limited partnerships or limited liability companies or limited liability partnerships may not assume any name the same as, or that is not distinguishable upon the record, the name of any other Pennsylvania corporation, foreign corporation, limited partnership or limited liability company or limited liability partnership.

A foreign corporation, with a name that may not be distinguishable upon the record to a Pennsylvania corporation or another foreign corporation qualified to do business in Pennsylvania may be admitted if it files:

  1. A fictitious name application evidencing the assumed fictitious name, plus the appropriate additional fee. The fictitious name must also be available for use.
  2. An application for a certificate of authority showing both the true name and the assumed fictitious name of the corporation on the corporate fictitious name application.

Name Availabilities

Distinguishable names-A name shall not be considered distinguishable upon the records of the department from another name for purposes of this title and 54Pa.C.S. (relating to names) solely because the names differ from each other in any or all of the following respects:

  1. Use of punctuation marks.
  2. Use of definite or indefinite article. (a, an, the)
  3. Use of any of the following terms to designate the status of an association: corporation, company, incorporated, limited, association, fund, syndicate, limited partnership, limited liability company, trust or business trust. This paragraph includes abbreviations, in any language, of the terms listed in this paragraph.

The customer service representatives can check the availability of three entity names per phone call. Name availabilities are not 100% guaranteed by telephone, as documents are constantly being received and processed. Do not have signs, business cards, bank accounts or contracts established in the requested name prior to obtaining written confirmation of the name reservation or acceptance of the filing. When a name conflict exists, the customer service representative may provide the conflicting entity name, address and date of filing. Written name availability is also available for a fee of $15 for a verification of three names. The name conflicts are not provided with a written name availibility search. Name availibility may also be determined by checking our online searchable database.

You may reach the bureau by telephone by calling (717) 787-1057. The telephone lines are available from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm.

Name Reservations

Name reservations are available by written or fax request for $70. You must have a current customer deposit account in order to submit your request by fax.  Name reservations can remain in effect for a period of 120 days. Banks are reserved for six months. Names can be renewed for a $70 fee, provided that the "date of expiration" is still valid. We will reserve corporate names, limited partnership names, limited liability company names and limited liability partnership names. Fictitious names cannot be reserved as they do not have name exclusivity. The customer receives a computer generated printout as confirmation of the reservation.

Foreign name registrations are registered or reserved for a one year period for a fee of $70. This filing may be renewed annually between October 1 and December 31 for the following calendar year. This reserves the name but does not qualify the foreign entity.  To register this type of name reservation, complete the Application for Registration of Name - Nonqualified Foreign Corporation.

You may reach the bureau by telephone by calling (717) 787-1057. The telephone lines are available from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm.

Modified Date: 08/06/2011 07:40 AM