Business filers in Wisconsin should consider filing a name reservation application if they feel like their operating name is at risk of being used by another entity. Once accepted, a reservation grants either 60 or 120 days (depending on the entity type) in which a name’s availability is guaranteed. Reservations in this state cost $15 for profit corporations and limited liability companies, and cost $10 for non-stock corporations and limited partnerships. It is important to note that there are no reservation documents available for limited liability partnerships. Regardless of the type of entity being reserved, a business search should be performed prior to reservation to check the name’s availability.

How to Reserve (PDF)

Step 1- Filers will first need to download the Name Reservation Application.

Step 2- The following information must then be supplied:

  • Name to be reserved
  • Select the entity type
  • Applicant’s full name and address
  • Date, signature, business title and printed name
  • Return addresss
  • Phone number



Step 3- Once completed, a check made out to the Department of Financial Institutions will need to be attached. Profit corporations and limited liability companies will be required to supply $15 while non-stock, non-profit corporations and limited partnerships need only pay $10. Send the application and the filing fee to the address below.

State of WI Dept. of Financial Institutions

Box 93348

Milwaukee WI 53293-0348

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