Individuals looking to reserve a business name in California will be required to do so via regular mail or in person using the Name Reservation Request Form (available here). Names will remain reserved for a period of sixty (60) days before defaulting back to general availability. Individuals who plan on dropping off the requisite forms in person will be required to pay an additional $10 in check-format for special handling fees. We recommend that filers perform a Business Entity Search prior to filing to make sure the chosen name is indeed available for use in California.

How to Reserve

Step 1- Start by downloading the PDF application here.

Step 2- You will now need to enter the following information into the form:

  • Your name
  • Firm name (if applicable)
  • Your address
  • Your phone #
  • Your FAX #
  • Type of entity
  • Desired name (1st choice)
  • Desired name (2nd choice)
  • Desired name (3rd choice)
  • Suspended/forfeited entity & entity # (if applicable)
  • Mail back response (if submitted in person)


Step 3- Once completed print the document and use the below address for either mail or in-person form submissions. Make sure you attach a $10 check made out to the Secretary of State to cover the filing fee, and an addition $10 if you plan on submitting it in person.

Secretary of State

Name Availability Unit

1500 11th Street, 3rd Floor

Sacramento, CA 95814

Individuals who frequently reserve entity names with the office of the Secretary of State in California may want to consider setting up a Prepay Priority Telephone Service to streamline efforts. The service allows individuals to search and reserve entity names by phone, requiring an initial deposit of at least $100 and charging $4 for a name availability search and $10 for each name reservation. To set up the service please call 1 (916) 653-1233 or email the California Secretary of State’s Fiscal Office.

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