Should you put a comma in your LLC name or leave it out? It’s personal preference. Both are acceptable in all 50 states.
None of the 50 states have rules/restrictions about whether or not you have to use a comma.
Which do you think looks better?
ABC Widgets, LLC or ABC Widgets LLC?
Again, it’s totally up to you.
Northwest ($39 + state fee) or LegalZoom ($149 + state fee)
The more traditional and commonly seen is the comma (ABC Widgets, LLC). And by more commonly seen, I mean with-the-comma LLCs encompass over 80% of registered LLCs in most states.
I’ve seen countless arguments for both cases.
An Illinois tax professional mentioned, “Your LLC’s name looks better with the comma.”
Then I heard another expert say, “The more contemporary way is to not use a comma.”
Ahhh man, who cares. Do whatever the hell you want! ;-)
One thing to make note of though…
Your LLC’s Legal Name
Whether you use a comma or not in your LLC name, it doesn’t matter.
What does matter though is that you stay consistent. If you choose a comma, then make sure to use it on all paperwork and contracts for your business.
The way in which your Secretary of State accepts/approves the LLC becomes its official legal name and you’ll need to stick with it.
Banking & Checks for Your LLC
As an FYI, if your company (ABC Widgets, LLC) gets checks, the bank will accept all iterations:
- ABC Widgets, LLC
- ABC Widgets LLC
- ABC Widgets
The bank is more laid back. They just want that money ;)
For more information on what makes an LLC name unique and distinguishable: Choosing your LLC name.