This tutorial is designed specifically for those who have committed to transacting business in the state of Illinois and would like to ensure that the name they wish to operate under is guaranteed clearance upon registration. The reservation of your name will provide you with 90 days to gather your affairs prior to filing without concerning yourself as to whether or not another entity will file using your name in the meantime. The prices will vary between each category with corporations paying only $25, partnerships providing $50 and limited liability companies supplying the exorbitant fee of $300 per reservation. Note that all applications will need to be submitted in duplicate.

We recommend performing a Business Entity Search prior to filing to ensure that the name you plan on reserving is indeed available for use in Illinois.

How to Reserve for a Corporation

Step 1- The Form BCA 4.10  must be downloaded before proceeding to Step 2.

Step 2- With the application downloaded, continue by supplying the following information:

  • 1-Name to be reserved
  • 2-Proposed corporate purpose
  • 3-Name of applicant
  • 4-Address of applicant
  • 5-Date
  • Printed name and signature of applicant

il-name-reservationStep 3- Once the application has been completed and printed in duplicate, have a check attached in the amount of $25, payable to the Secretary of State. Gather your filings and send them by mail to the address below.

Secretary of State

Department of Business Services, 

501 S. Second St., Rm. 350 Springfield, IL 62756

How to Reserve for a LLC

Step 1- Begin by downloading the PDF of Form LLC-1.15.

Step 2- Next, supply the following information:

  • Name to be reserved (include the words Limited Liability Company or an abbreviation thereof)
  • Name of the applicant
  • Address of the applicant
  • Date of filing
  • Signature of the applicant
  • Applicant’s name and title
  • Name of company (if applicable)

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Step 3- Complete the application in duplicate and attach a check or money order made out to the Secretary of State in the amount of $300. Send your filings to the address below for processing.

Secretary of State

Department of Business Services, 

501 S. Second St., Rm. 350 Springfield, IL 62756

How to Reserve for a Partnership

Step 1- First, download the form LP 109.

Step 2- Continue by supplying the following information:

  • 1-LP name
  • 2-Applicant name
  • 3-Applicant address
  • 4-Date, signature, name, title, general partner name if signing on behalf of corporation or other entity.

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Step 3- Lastly, have a check or money order made out to the Secretary of State to cover the $50 filing fee. Send the application and the fee to the address below.

Secretary of State

Department of Business Services, 

501 S. Second St., Rm. 350 Springfield, IL 62756

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