Arkansas Name Search

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Arkansas LLC Name Search

How to form an LLC in Arkansas
This Quick Start Guide is a brief overview of how to form an LLC in Arkansas.

Detailed Lessons:

 

Arkansas LLC costs:
State filing fee: $45 (one-time fee)
Annual fee: $150 (every year)

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

Arkansas LLC Name Requirements

Before searching your LLC name in Arkansas, 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 Arkansas.

Differences in designators (the 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

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Searching the Arkansas Name Database

1. Go to the Business Entity Search page:
http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/corps/search_all.php

2. In the “Corporation Type” drop down list, leave “All Types” selected.

3. Enter your desired LLC name in the “Name” box. Leave out the ending “LLC” and any punctuation. Capitalization doesn’t matter.

Tip: To be thorough, just enter the first word or two of your LLC name to ensure you see everything that is potentially similar. (Ex: if your desired LLC name is “Johnny Apple Farm LLC”, just enter “Johnny Apple”).

4. Leave the “Fictitious Name”, “Registered Agent”, “RA City”, and “Filing #” blank. You can also ignore the “RA State” drop down list.

5. Click the “Search” button and browse the list of existing Arkansas businesses:

• If “There were no records found” appears in the search results, that means your desired LLC name is available for 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.

• If your desired LLC name appears in the list exactly as you want it, your desired LLC name is not available for use. You’ll need to think of a new name or use some creativity and come up with a unique variation.

• If the results show a name that is deceptively similar to your desired LLC name, your desired LLC name is not available for use. You’ll need to think of a new name or use some creativity and come up with a unique variation.

Bonus Tip:
Arkansas lets you check your LLC name availability by phone. Just call 501-682-3409 and a representative will help you.

Next Step

Once you find an LLC name that is unique and distinguishable, you’re ready to select your LLC’s Registered Agent. We’ll discuss this in the next lesson: Arkansas Registered Agent.

Arkansas Secretary of State Contact Info

If you have any questions, you can contact the Arkansas Secretary of State:

501-682-3409 (phone)
888-233-0325 (toll-free phone)
[email protected]

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
Forming an LLC shouldn't be so complicated. Our step-by-step guide will make the process a breeze – and no complex legal jargon! LLC University® teaches people how to form an LLC for free in all 50 states. We hope you find our free guides and resources helpful in your business journey.
Disclaimer: Nothing on this page shall be interpreted as legal or tax advice. Rules and regulations vary by location. They also change over time and are specific to your situation. Furthermore, this comment section is provided so people can share their thoughts and experience. Please consult a licensed professional if you have legal or tax questions.

2 Comments

  1. Alexis October 29, 2018

    Thank you so much Matt!!! I live in Arkansas and was able to understand how to set up my LLC with your help. Again thank you!

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    • Matt Horwitz November 22, 2018

      You’re very welcome Alexis!! So awesome to hear that :)

      reply

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