When preparing to file a business with the State Corporation Commission, you may find it useful to perform a name reservation. This filing will ensure that no business is able to use your chosen entity name for a period of 120 days while you get your affairs. To reserve, you will be required to download and complete a PDF (found below) and forward it to the State Corporation Commission’s offices. Applications must be submitted with a $10 filing fee. It is also recommended that a Business Entity Search be performed prior to reservation to ensure that the requested name is indeed available for use.
How to Reserve a Business Name
Step 1- You must first download the PDF application.
Step 2- The document will ask for the following information:
- Type of application being filed
- Name to be reserved
- Applicant’s printed name
- Applicant’s mailing address
- Signature of applicant or authorized agent
- Printed name of authorized agent and business title (if applicable)
- Phone number of applicant or authorized agent
Step 3- Once the application has been completed and signed by the authorized individuals, a check made out to the State Corporation Commission in the amount of $10 must be attached. Send both the application and the fee to the address below.
State Corporation Commission
Office of the Clerk
P.O. Box 1197 – Richmond, Virginia 23218