Reserving an entity name for 120 days in Montana, like many of the filings one can make in this state, requires the submission of a form by hand or through the mail to the Secretary of State. A name reservation is not required for the filing of any entity, however it might be useful if you have concerns about the ongoing availability of your desired operating name. The fee breakdown for a name reservation is as follows:

  • Standard Fee- $10
  • 24 Hour Expedited- $20
  • 1 Hour Expedited- $100

Before filing, we recommend performing a Business Entity Search to check the availability of your desired operating name.

How to Reserve

Step 1- To begin, download the Application for Reservation of Name.

Step 2- To complete the form, submit the following information into the provided fields:

  • Expedition preference (optional)
  • Name reservation type (just one)
  • Name to be reserved
  • Date of intended commencement (assumed business name applicants only)
  • Name and address of applicant
  • Description of business
  • Signature and date of filer
  • Phone number
  • Email address


Step 3- To submit the form, attach a check for $10, $30, or $110 (depending on your expedition preferences) made out to the Secretary of State to your filing package and mail it to the following address:

Secretary of State

P.O. Box 202801

Helena, MT 59620

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