This webpage has been created to navigate you through the name reservation process in South Dakota. As there is currently no online application system available, all filers will be required to download and print the Name Reservation Application that the state has provided. The application must be completed in duplicate and forwarded to the Secretary of State’s office. For your name reservation to be accepted, a $25 fee must be included with your filing (payable by check made out to the Secretary of State). Unfortunately, there is no method of name reservation for LLPs, though we recommend performing a business search prior to business registration to ensure the availability of your name. Once your application has been accepted, your name will be reserved for a period of 120 days. To learn more about the application process, scroll down to the tutorials below.

How to Reserve a Profit Corporation

Step 1- Begin by downloading the Application for Name Reservation PDF file that the state has provided.

Step 2- Once downloaded, print off the application and submit the information listed below.

  • Telephone #
  • FAX #
  • Name being reserved
  • Intended use for name reservation
  • Date
  • Signature of applicant
  • Printed name
  • Title
  • Address

SD-Corp-Name-Reservation

Step 3- With the document completed and printed off in duplicate, a filing fee can then be attached to the application. Profit corporations must pay $25 in the form of a check made out to the Secretary of State. Gather all articles and forward them to the address below:

Secretary of State Office

500 E Capitol Ave

Pierre, SD 57501 

How to Reserve a Non-Profit Corporation

Step 1- To reserve a name for a non-profit corporation, first download the Application for Name Reservation.

Step 2- The information required for this application is as follows:

  • Telephone #
  • FAX #
  • Name being reserved
  • Intended use for name reservation
  • Date
  • Signature of applicant
  • Printed name
  • Title
  • Address

SD-NP-Name-Reservation

 

Step 3- Once the application has been completed and printed in duplicate, attach the filing fee of $25 provided in the form of a check made out to the Secretary of State. Have all articles forwarded to the address below.

Secretary of State Office

500 E Capitol Ave

Pierre, SD 57501 

How to Reserve an LLC

Step 1- Limited liability companies must begin by downloading the Application for Name Reservation.

Step 2- With your application downloaded, proceed to print it off and submit the following information:

  • Telephone #
  • FAX #
  • Name being reserved
  • Intended use for name reservation
  • Date
  • Signature of applicant
  • Printed name
  • Title
  • Address

SD-LLc-Name-Reservation

Step 3- After you have completed this document, have a duplicate copy made, and attach the $25 filing fee(payable by check made out to the Secretary of State). Gather all articles and forward them to the address below.

Secretary of State Office

500 E Capitol Ave

Pierre, SD 57501 

How to Reserve an LP

Step 1- To file a name reservation application for an LP, click the link located here.

Step 2- With the application downloaded, proceed to submit the following information:

  • Telephone #
  • FAX #
  • Name being reserved
  • Intended use for name reservation
  • Date
  • Signature of applicant
  • Printed name
  • Title
  • Address

SD-LP-Name-Reservation

Step 3- After all the information has been entered correctly, a filing fee in the amount of $25 must be prepared and the filing form printed off in duplicate. The filing fee can be paid by check made out to the Secretary of State. Have all articles mailed to the address below.

Secretary of State Office

500 E Capitol Ave

Pierre, SD 57501 

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