Guide to Legally Naming a California Law Corporation

A new law corporation name must be distinguishable from an existing name. You can search existing corporate names here:

The name cannot mislead the Public such as by creating a false implication of government affiliation. Basically, don’t use: “Agency,” “Commission,” “Department,” “Bureau,” “Division,” “Municipal” or “Board” in any name you pick.

You must add a “Business entity identifier” such as:

  1. Corporation
  2. Company
  3. Incorporated
  4. Incorporation
  5. Limited
  6. Corp
  7. Co
  8. Inc
  9. Ltd
  10. Professional Corporation

Business entity names must use the English alphabet or Arabic numerals (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) or symbols as listed in Section 21002(b) or a combination thereof. The Authorized Symbols are:

(b) The following items are examples of symbols:

At / each@
Number / pounds#
Plus / positive+

Cal. Code Regs. Tit. 2, § 21002

See more here: Business Entity Names :: California Secretary of State

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