Do you have the perfect name idea for a new business entity in the state of Kansas, but you’re not quite ready to form your company?
Kansas allows you to reserve a business name until you’re prepared for the business formation process, but how does the reservation process work and how long will the state reserve the name for you? In this guide, we’ll run down all the important details of reserving a business name in Kansas.
Rocket Tip: If you’d rather officially incorporate in Kansas rather than file the extra paperwork to register a business name, there are many good incorporation services that can do it for you.
How to Reserve a Business Name in Kansas
The first step is to determine if your desired business name is even available in Kansas to begin with. The Kansas Business Center website provides a search tool to determine the availability of your desired business name. You can access this search tool right here. Once you’ve determined the availability of your desired name, you can begin the process of reserving it with the state.
Kansas allows names to be reserved by mail or online. The online process is particularly quick and simple, but you will need to make an account on the KanAccess website first. No matter how you choose to file, you will need to provide the following information: Kansas Office of the Secretary of State Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 S.W. 10th Avenue
Tokepa, KS 66612-1594
If you choose to file by mail, you will need to print and fill out the Temporary Reservation of Business Entity Name. The fee to file your name reservation is $35 (online or by mail), and checks must be made payable to the “Secretary of State.” The form and check can be mailed to the following address:
Kansas Office of the Secretary of State Memorial Hall, 1st Floor 120 S.W. 10th Avenue Tokepa, KS 66612-1594
How Long Is My Business Name Reserved For?
Kansas name reservations last for a period of 120 days. Once this period ends, your name is no longer protected and can be claimed by someone else. It is also important to note that the state of Kansas does not allow name reservations to be renewed, so if you do not form your business during this period, you may lose the rights to your desired business name.
Just because you aren’t ready to form your Kansas business entity doesn’t mean you can’t lock down your desired business name.
The name reservation process is extremely simple in Kansas. However, since there is no way to renew your reservation, it is very important that you only reserve a name if you are sure that you can form your business within 120 days.