If you are looking to form a new entity in Massachusetts you may want to consider reserving your desired operating name with the state. This filing will allow you time to file all the proper documentation without running the risk of the name being  taken by a competitor. Reserving a name is not legally necessary for entity formation but it is highly recommended. For more information on name reservation please visit the name reservation information page available from the Massachusetts government website.

This page puts forth, as can be seen below, the following essential points regarding name reservation:

  • The reservation must be filed in person or through the mail
  • A reservation filing will cost $30
  • A reservation lasts for a period of sixty (60) days before being voided

ma-name-reservation-1Before going through the effort to submit an official name reservation we advise that all individuals looking to form an entity utilize the Massachusetts business search function to help parse down the options.

How to Reserve

Step 1– To begin, download the Application of Reservation of Name PDF form (available here).

Step 2 Once downloaded, you must provide the following data:

  • Name of applicant
  • Address of applicant
  • Name to be reserved
  • Telephone number of applicant
  • Email address of applicant
  • Check #


Step 3 Once completed you will need to mail the form, along with a check for $30 made out to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to the following address:

Secretary of the Commonwealth

1 Ashburton Place, Room 1717

Boston, Massachusetts 02108-1512

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