Maine LLC Name Search

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

Your Maine LLC name must be unique and must follow certain state requirements.

Maine LLC Name Requirements

Before searching your LLC name in Maine, 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 Maine LLC name. The abbreviation “LLC” is the most common.

2. Because a Maine LLC is not a Corporation, your desired LLC 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 Maine.

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

LLC namesFor 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 Maine Name Database

1. Visit the Database
Go to the Corporate Name Search page

2. Search your LLC
Enter your desired LLC name in the search box.

Leave out the ending “LLC” and any punctuation.

Capitalization doesn’t matter.

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 Maine LLC name is “Johnny Apple Farm LLC”, just enter “johnny apple”).

To be even more thorough, just enter a part of the first word. (Ex: if your desired Maine LLC name is “Printing Solutions LLC”, just enter “print”).

3. Browse the Results
Click the “Search” button and browse the list of existing Maine businesses:

If a “Found 0 entities for query” message appears in the Maine database, that means your desired LLC name is unique and 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 Maine 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 Maine 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.

And check out TRUIC’s business name generator if you need help coming up with an LLC name.

Maine Secretary of State Contact Info

If you have any questions, you can contact the Maine Secretary of State by phone at 207-624-7752 or by email at

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 Maine.

Matt Horwitz
Matt Horwitz
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  1. I have an LLC in New Hampshire with Federal ID and NH Business ID and so on. Moved to Maine at the end of 2016. Did about $14,000 in sales, how do I file a Maine Annual Report without forming a new LLC.

    • Hi Owen, are you referring to the Maine LLC Annual Report or some kind of tax form? If the first one, you don’t have to file a Maine LLC Annual Report unless you form an LLC in Maine or register your New Hampshire LLC as a Foreign LLC in Maine. Hope that helps.

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