Welcome to the Start a Business tutorial that covers the process of reserving a corporation, partnership or LLC name in the state of Vermont. The Secretary of State’s online portal allows business representatives to secure their name in a matter of seconds by submitting the requisite information into the webpage and paying the filing fee ($20) online. Alternatively, to send a physical copy of the form through the mail, filers will either need to download and complete an empty PDF (linked below) or print off the document created by completing the online reservation process. In both of the previously mentioned cases, the filing fee can be paid by check or money order made out to the Vermont Secretary of State.

How to Reserve (Online)

Step 1- To access the online reservation forms, you will first need to log onto your account held with the Online Business Service Center. If you haven’t created an account yet, this tutorial may be useful to you as it details the creation process.


Step 2- On the far left hand side of your home page, under the VT SEC OF STATE ONLINE SERVICES heading in the menu, you should be able to locate the Name Reservation option.


Step 3- Begin with the business name and provide your second and third preference. Under this, you can enter the NAICS Code that defines your entity’s business and enter the name and address of the individual or business for whom the reservation is being made.


Step 4- The applicant info, including the name, address and email address of the individual, should be submitted here. Supply the authorized signature by typing the name of the signatory and indicate their title held within the entity.


Step 5- This page will have you reviewing all the information submitted thus far. If all seems accurate and complete, you may proceed.


Step 6- You will be able to pay the $20 filing fee by credit card or eCheck. If the former is your choice of payment method, provide your card information and billing address into the appropriate fields. If you are paying by eCheck you will need to supply the following data:

  • Bank name
  • Bank account number
  • Account holder name
  • Bank account type
  • Routing number
  • Billing address

It is also possible to, at this point, print off a PDF of the completed document and mail it to the Secretary of State. Continue to step 7 to learn more.



Step 7- The document, once downloaded, should look similar to the one displayed below. To file it, attach to it, a check made out to the Vermont Secretary of State for the $20 filing fee and send it to the below address.

Vermont Secretary of State : Corporations Division

128 State Street

Montpellier, VT 05633-1104


How to Reserve (PDF)

It should be noted that, while Partnership doesn’t appear under the business structure heading on the filing form, a trade name can be used in it’s stead. The name will remain reserved for the same period of time and when you’re ready to register your entity, you can still do so as a partnership.

Step 1- Reserving through the mail can be accomplished by downloading the Application to Reserve a Specified Business Name.

Step 2- Once open in your PDF viewer of choice, provide the following information:

  • Name and address to receive acknowledgment from the Secretary of State
  • 1- First, second, and third choice of business name
  • 2- Business purpose
  • 3- Business structure
  • 4- Type of filing
  • 5- Reserved for (name and address)
  • 6- Name, address, and email address of applicant
  • Signature of applicant
  • Date of execution

VT-Application-to-Reserve-a-Specified-Business-NameStep 3- With the PDF completed, you will be able to print it off in duplicate and provide your signature. Attach to the forms the $20 filing fee in the form of a check made out to the Vermont Secretary of State and send the three items to the below address for processing (this usually takes between 5 and 7 business days).

Vermont Secretary of State : Corporations Division

128 State Street

Montpellier, VT 05633-1104

How to (Video)