Welcome to the Start a Business webpage created to assist individuals through the process of reserving a name in South Carolina. All the necessary documents needed to file have been provided within the tutorials found below. Reserving is simple and can be accomplished by downloading and completing a PDF application before forwarding it the Secretary of State with a $10 filing fee attached. Scroll down to view our tutorials and find out more about how you can reserve a name for your business.

Before reserving we recommend that you perform a Business Entity Search to check the availability of your desired operating name. Filing your reservation documents with a name already on file with the Secretary of State will result in your application being rejected.

How to Reserve for Profit Corporations

Step 1- The fist step in reserving is to download the PDF application located here.

Step 2- The following information must then be submitted to your downloaded application:

  • Name to be reserved
  • Name, address, and signature of the applicant
  • Date signed
  • Name to be reserved
  • Signature
  • Printed name

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Step 3- Have this application printed in duplicate before attaching a filing fee in the amount of $10 in the form of a check or money order made out to the Secretary of State. Have all articles mailed to the address below.

Secretary of State

1205 Pendleton Street Suite 525

Columbia, SC 29201

How to Reserve for Non-Profit Corporations

Step 1- Non-profit corporations may reserve a name by first downloading the PDF application located here.

Step 2- Continue by submitting the following information:

  • Name to be reserved
  • Name, address, and signature of the applicant
  • Date signed
  • Signature of the applicant
  • Printed name

SC-Name-Reservation-NP

Step 3- With this document completed in duplicate, a filing fee of $10 must then be made in the form of a check or money order (payable to the Secretary of State). All items must be gathered and mailed to the address located below.

South Carolina Secretary of State

Attn: Corporations Division

1205 Pendleton St, Ste. 525 – Columbia, SC 29201

How to Reserve for LLCs

Step 1- Those looking to reserve a name for an LLC must begin by downloading the PDF application located here.

Step 2- Once you have downloaded the application, continue by submitting the following information:

  • Name to be reserved
  • Name and address of the applicant
  • Date signed
  • Signature of the applicant

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Step 3- With this document downloaded and completed, a duplicate copy must then be made, as well as a $10 filing fee in the form of a check or money order made out to the Secretary of State. Send all articles in the mail to the address below.

South Carolina Secretary of State

1205 Pendleton St, Ste. 525

Columbia, SC 29201

How to Reserve for Limited Partnerships

Step 1- Reserving a name for a limited partnership is a simple process that begins by downloading the PDF application located here.

Step 2- The Secretary of State asks that you submit the following information on your application:

  • Name to be reserved
  • Name, address, and signature of the applicant
  • Date signed
  • Signature of the applicant
  • Printed name of the applicant

SC-Name-Reservation-LP

Step 3- Upon completing this document, a duplicate copy must then be attached. A filing fee of $10 will also be required in the form of a check or money order made out to the Secretary of State. Gather all articles and forward them to the address below.

South Carolina Secretary of State

Attn: Corporations Division

1205 Pendleton St, Ste. 525 – Columbia, SC 29201

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