LLC name with or without comma?

Last updated October 12, 2020

LLC name with or without comma?

Short answer: it doesn’t matter. It’s personal preference. Both are acceptable in all 50 states.

LLC name with or without a comma?

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.

Need help with your LLC? Have a professional LLC service file for 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.

Video Transcript:

Hey folks, Matt Horwitz, LLC University dot com. Should you use a comma or no comma in your LLC name? This is often kind of silly debate. You hear it a lot on the internet and you’ll see basically equal arguments on both sides. So let me me break it down for you and tell you the truth. The truth is ,is that it doesn’t matter… it’s completely your personal preference.

None of the 50 states have any requirement or restrictions about whether or not you need to use a comma or not a comma. And what I mean by that is “ABC Widgets, LLC” or “ABC Widgets LLC”, no comma. Again, none of the 50 states have any rules or regulations about whether you can or cannot use the comma, so it’s completely up to, it’s your personal preference.

More commonly seen, I do notice the comma. I do hear people say that the comma looks more professional. And then I hear other people say that the no comma looks more modern and contemporary. Ah, the hell with it. It doesn’t matter, whatever you like, it’s completely up to you. One important thing though to make note of is that the way the Secretary of State, or the way that your state approves your LLC is officially its legal business name. So if you do use the comma, you’ll have to make sure that it’s consistent across all of your contracts, all of your documents, etc. And likewise if you don’t use the comma.

Now one little small tidbit is for banking purposes, you don’t have to be so anal… the banks don’t really care, they’ll cash any checks, whether you have a comma or no comma, or you can even leave out the letters “LLC” at the end of the name. They don’t care, they’ll cash your checks. I don’t know why a lot of people have questions about that, but, again, the banks don’t really care. They just want the money ;)

So hopefully this video is helpful for you. LLC: comma or no comma, completely doesn’t matter, no rules or regulations. It’s personal preference. Hope this video is helpful.

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.

20 comments on “LLC name with or without comma?”

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.

  1. Hi. We are primarily forming an LLC for asset protection as we start our RE Investing business however our current home is under our name. Would we be able to protect that asset if we obtain a Trust rather than or if we are unable to transfer title to our LLC?

    Reply
    • Hi Mia, a Trust does not offer personal liability protection. Instead, it can offer privacy and is beneficial for probate and inheritance tax reasons.

      Reply
  2. Regarding consistency with the name and “comma’s”, does the LLC need to be included in the logo and letterhead? For instance, if I want to market the business, do I need to include the LLC in the logo?
    What about website, etc?
    Does that fall under “consistency”?
    Thank you.

    Reply
    • Hi Monica, you don’t have to place “LLC” in the logo. Most logos don’t include corporate designators, however, on the website, yes; you’d want to let people know the site it owned by your LLC. Hope that helps.

      Reply
  3. Hello, suppose I have a company with (name).
    Keeping mind of the period and another company opens and files for the same name without a period, will they be allowed because there’s does not have a period like mine? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Hi Tim, the state will consider that LLC name not distinguishable and they will reject the filing. Check out our LLC filing instructions page and select your state. Then click on the “Name Search” lesson to learn more about LLC names and distinguishability. Hope that helps!

      Reply
  4. Can you use a web address with the dots as an LLC name? For example: pickleballdepot.us, LLC?

    Reply
    • Hi Javier, yes, you can use periods and commas in an LLC name (including web addresses) when filing with the state. Just a heads up though, the the IRS doesn’t allow periods when granting an EIN Number for your LLC. You’ll need to enter the name as “pickleballdepot dot us LLC” for the IRS. Also notice there is no comma in that name. The IRS strips out commas to “normalize” their data. However, this doesn’t affect the LLC’s legal name as you filed it with the state (and how you’d use it in business). Hope that helps.

      Reply
  5. When I file my LLC in my state does that mean people in other states can’t use the same LLC as me too? Or does it only apply to my state?

    Reply
    • Hi Chris, it only applies to the state where you are forming your LLC. If you want national protection on your business’s brand name, that would be a federal trademark or a federal service mark. Hope that helps.

      Reply
  6. Hi..I recently found out there is another company with my company’s exact name..what should I do about it.?

    Reply
    • Hi Bernard, is the company located in the same state as your LLC? Is your LLC already formed? Feel free to provide more details if you’d like. Thanks.

      Reply
  7. When documenting a loan should we use the entity name filed with the SOS or the Operating Agreement? For Example Business Registry and Articles of Organization shows ABC LLC (no comma) however Operating Agreement shows ABC, LLC (with comma). Thank you

    Reply
    • Hi WD, it’s usually immaterial, however, the Articles of Organization is technically more accurate. Hope that helps.

      Reply
  8. I know you don’t control Northwest but just so you know they are committing something close to fraud they claim a fee plus the state fee
    $39 plus the state fee but when Calif site the fee is $70 plus $39 would be $109
    Northwest is adding in an additional fee of $20 claiming its a state fee making the total
    $129.
    Since I am an Inventright student I think I will tell my fellow students to check with the state first

    Reply
    • Hi Eugene, we’ve been in touch with Northwest for an explanation. We’ll follow up here as soon as we hear back.

      Reply
    • Hi Eugene, we’ve spoken with Northwest Registered Agent. The extra $20 is for the California LLC Statement of Information. Northwest files this for you if you hire them. The first LLC Statement of Information is due within 90 days of the LLC being approved. They are due every 2 years after that. Hope that helps :)

      Reply
  9. Hi Matt,
    My LLC was formed in all capitals when filing in Delaware due to normalization, I would like to do business with the first letters of each word capitalized e.g. CompanyName LLC and not COMPANYNAME LLC. Do I need a DBA for this or is capitalization irrelevant as long as I am consistent? Thank you.

    Reply

Leave a comment or question

 Email me when I get a reply.