Do you have the perfect name idea for a new business entity in the state of Nebraska, but you’re not quite ready to form your company?
Nebraska 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 Nebraska.
Rocket Tip: If you’d rather officially incorporate in Nebraska 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 Nebraska
The first step is to determine if your desired business name is even available in Nebraska to begin with. You can determine the availability of your desired name by conducting a “Corporate & Business Search” right here on the Nebraska state government website. To make an official inquiry about name availability, you will need to call the Secretary of State’s office at (402) 471-3666 or send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you’ve determined the availability of your desired name, you can begin the process of reserving it with the state.
The state of Nebraska does not allow names to be reserved online, so you will need to file the Application for Reservation of Limited Liability Company Name by mail. This one-page form requires the following information: Secretary of State P.O. Box 94608
Lincoln, NE 68509
This form will need to be filed in duplicate with the Secretary of State’s office. A check for $15 made payable to the “Nebraska Secretary of State” must be included with this application. Then, you can mail the application (in duplicate) and the check to the following address:
Secretary of State P.O. Box 94608 Lincoln, NE 68509
How Long Is My Business Name Reserved For?
Once the Secretary of State reviews the information and approves your application, the name reservation will be valid for a period of 120 days. You will be sent written notification when everything has been processed. In order to take full advantage of your name reservation, you must file the formation paperwork for your business during this period.
Just because you aren’t ready to form your Nebraska business entity doesn’t mean you can’t lock down your desired business name.
The process to reserve a business name in Nebraska is simple and inexpensive. You just need to pay a fee and file one form with the Secretary of State.