Compliance Tips

Minnesota State Seal

When Checking Name Availability Consider the Following:

• To be accepted for filing, Business Names must be different by at least one letter from other names already on file.

• If filing an Assumed Business Name, the Office does NOT check against other Assumed Names on record as the law allows for the same or similar business name to be filed.

• Business Trusts are ignored when checking name availability as Business Trust names are not protected by law against the names of other entity filings.

• Trade, Service, Collective or Certification Marks can not be checked for name availability online as this requires a more in depth search by the Office of the Secretary of State to determine whether the name being used by the mark is available.

Minnesota Business Corporations & Limited Liability Companies

One or more persons may form a Minnesota business corporation or Limited Liability Company (LLC) for any lawful purpose. The corporation or Limited Liability Company (LLC) does not commence existence until the Secretary of State reviews, approves and files the articles of incorporation. Unless the articles of incorporation state otherwise, the corporation has general business purposes and the corporation has unlimited power to engage in any lawful act.