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Alaska LLC Name Requirements

The first step to forming an LLC in Alaska is to search your desired LLC name and make sure it’s available for use.

Before searching your LLC name in Alaska, there are a few requirements you need to know:

1. The abbreviations “LLC” or “L.L.C.” must be used at the end of your name. The abbreviation “LLC” is the most common.

2. Because an LLC is not a Corporation, your desired name cannot use the word “Corporation”, “Incorporated,” or their abbreviations (“Corp.”, “Inc.”).

3. Your desired LLC name must be distinguishable. This means it must be different and unique from all other businesses registered in Alaska.

Differences in designators (identifiers at the end of a business name) and differences in grammar do not create distinguishability.

For example:

  • LLC, L.L.C, Inc., Corp.
  • singular, plural, and possessive
  • A, An, The
  • and, or, &
  • hyphens, slashes, periods, commas
  • three vs. 3

The following examples are NOT distinguishable:

  • Smith Investments, LLC vs. Smith Investments, Inc.
  • Apple Farm, LLC vs. Apple Farms, LLC
  • Print Shop, LLC vs. The Print Shop, LLC
  • Night & Day, LLC vs. Night and Day, LLC
  • Peter Paul & Mary Studios, LLC vs. Peter-Paul-Mary Studios, Inc
  • Three Teachers Consulting, LLC vs. 3 Teachers Consulting, LLC

Searching the Alaska Name Database

To make sure your LLC name is distinguishable and available for use, you’ll need to search it in the Alaska Corporations Database.

(Don’t worry, although it’s called the “Alaska Corporations Database”, it searches all Corporations, LLCs, and businesses registered in the state)

1. Visit Alaska’s Corporations Database search page:
Alaska Division of Corporations: Search Corporations Database

2. Enter your desired LLC name in the Entity Name box.

Leave out the ending “LLC” and any punctuation. Capitalization doesn’t matter. Enter the first few words of your name. Unless you have a single word for your name, then just enter that.

3. Click “Starts With”, and then click the “Search” button.

4. Browse the list of existing Alaska businesses and make sure your name is unique.


  • If your desired LLC name is not unique you’ll need to think of a new name or use some creativity and come up with a variation.
  • If you see “No Results”, then your desired LLC name is unique and available to use.
  • If the results show names that are not too similar to yours (meaning yours is distinguishable), then your desired LLC name is available for use.

Need help coming up with an LLC name? Check out TRUIC’s business name generator.

Alaska Secretary of State Contact Info

If you have any questions, you can contact the Alaska Division of Corporations at 907-465-2550.

Their hours are 8am to 5pm AKT, Monday through Friday.

How do I change my LLC name?

You can change your LLC’s name later by filing an Amendment form with the Secretary of State.

We have step-by-step instructions on how to change an LLC name in Alaska.

Matt Horwitz
Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Matt Horwitz has been the leading expert on LLC education for the past decade. He founded LLC University in 2010 after realizing people needed simple and actionable instructions to start an LLC that other companies weren't offering. He's cited by Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and the US Chamber of Commerce, and was featured by CNBC and InventRight.
Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree in business from Drexel University with a concentration in business law. He performs extensive research and analysis to convert state laws into simple instructions anyone can follow to form their LLC - all for free! Read more about Matt Horwitz and LLC University.

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2 comments on “Alaska LLC Name Search”

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  1. Hi Matt,
    We have 3 of us who would like to start an LLC. I am in Alaska. My Mom & friend are in Tennessee. I am confused on which state we should pick. Can we have 3 members in different states, but choose one state to file from? Do we need one domestic & one foreign address? What happens if one person moves?
    Thank you for your time & help.

    • Hey Debbie, yes, an LLC can be formed in 1 state and have Members located in various other states. Where will most of the business activities take place and what kind of business is it? It comes down to legally doing business. If you’re legally doing business in both Alaska and Tennessee, then you’d want to form the LLC in one state and register as a Foreign LLC in the 2nd state. Hope that helps.

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