On this page we will go through the steps towards reserving a business name for your new entity. The Department of State website has supplied a series of applications available in the form of a PDF and, once filed, will allow you to reserve a name for 60 days. You will be required to print off the corresponding PDF given and mail it to the address we will provide. Each entity type has a specific fee. Profit corporations both domestic and foreign must pay $20 while non-profit corporations pay $10. LLCs, domestic and foreign, must pay $20. Domestic and foreign LPs a required to pay $20 and LLPs have no name reservation form on the Department of State website.

Before commencing, take a moment to do a quick Business Entity Search. This process will allow you to see if the name you are about to reserve is available for use in this state. If the name you are requesting has already been taken then your submission will be rejected.

How to Reserve for Profit Corporations

Step 1- The first step to getting started with your reservation will be to download the PDF file Application of Reservation of Name.

Step 2- Continue by submitting the following information:

  • Applicant’s name and address
  • Desired entity name to be reserved
  • Type of corporation
  • Signature of applicant, or applicant’s attorney or agent (if attorney or agent, please specify) along with the name of the signer printed

NY-Corporation-Application-for-Reservation-of-Name

Step 3- After your information has been entered, a fee made payable to the Department of State must be attached in the amount of $20. Accepted forms of payment include check or Credit/Debit Card Authorization. All forms and fees must be compiled and sent to the address below.

New York State Department of State

Division of Corporations

One Commerce Plaza

99 Washington Avenue – Albany, NY 12231

How to Reserve for Non-profit Corporations

Step 1- Reserving a name for a non-profit corporations begins with downloading the application here.

Step 2- Once the PDF has been downloaded, you can continue by entering the following information:

  • Applicant’s name and address
  • Desired entity name to be reserved
  • Type of corporation
  • Signature of applicant, or applicant’s attorney or agent (if attorney or agent, please specify) along with the name of the signer printed

NY-Corporation-Applicatoin-for-Reservation-of-Name-NP

Step 3- With the application, a small fee must be included in the amount of $10, made payable to the Department of State in the form of a check or by Credit/Debit Card Authorization. All required forms and fees must be sent to the Department of State, the specific address being located below.

New York State Department of State

Division of Corporations

One Commerce Plaza

99 Washington Avenue – Albany, NY 12231

How to Reserve for LLCs

Step 1- To begin reserving a name, you must first download the PDF we have supplied here.

Step 2- The document you see below is the application in which you must complete. The information required is as follows:

  • Applicants name and address
  • Desired entity name you are requesting
  • Intended type of reservation
  • Signature of applicant, or applicant’s attorney or agent (if attorney or agent, please specify) along with the name of the signer printed

NY-LLC-Application-for-Reservation-of-Name

Step 3- Once your application has been completed and signed by the applicant or attorney/agent, the proper fee must be included. For LLCs the fee required is $20 and must be made out to the Department of State in the form of a check or by Credit/Debit Card Authorization. Have all documents and fees sent to the address located below.

New York State Department of State

Division of Corporations

One Commerce Plaza

99 Washington Avenue – Albany, NY 12231

How to Reserve for LPs

Step 1- The PDF titled Application for Reservation of Name can be downloaded from the link we have provided.

Step 2- To begin the process for reserving a name for you LLP, follow the steps located below.

  • Applicants name and address
  • Desired name to be reserved
  • Intended type of reservation
  • Signature of applicant, or applicant’s attorney or agent (if attorney or agent, please specify) along with the name of the signer printed

NY-LP-Application-for-Reservation-of-Name

Step 3- Along with your application a fee of $20 must be made out to the Department of State and mailed to the address located below this paragraph. Accepted forms of payment are check and Credit/Debit Card Authorization.

How to Reserve for LLPs

Step 1- Unfortunately there are no means for reserving a name for your LLP on the Department of State website. Instead, there are a set of guidelines that your LLP must follow, set forth by the Department of Education. A link to the set of rules can be found here. Alternatively, you may perform a business entity search with the tutorial we have provided to see if the desired business name is currently available for use.

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