New Mexico LLC Name Search

Whether you're in the process of picking a name for your business or simply wish to check the status of an existing business entity, doing a quick New Mexico Secretary of State business search can get you the information you need. This guide is designed to walk you through the technical steps involved in choosing and registering a name for your New Mexico LLC.

This article contains the following sections:

  1. Naming Your LLC
  2. Other Considerations
  3. Bottom Line

NAMING YOUR LLC

1. Naming Guidelines

Choosing a company name is the first and most important step in starting your LLC. Be sure to choose a name that complies with New Mexico naming requirements and is easily searchable by potential clients.

New Mexico requires that your LLC name be distinguishable from other registered business entities in the state. Before filing your paperwork it is a good idea to do some additional research. 

You’ll want to be sure your name or one very close to it is not being used by unregistered businesses such as sole proprietorships or partnerships, has not been trademarked by another business in your state or industry, and is otherwise available for use across the internet. This will help ensure you have full, unrestricted use of your business name.

Be sure to follow these naming guidelines:

  • Your name must include the phrase “limited liability company” or one of its abbreviations (LLC or L.L.C.).
  • Your name cannot include words that could confuse your LLC with a government agency (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.).
  • Restricted words (e.g. Bank, Attorney, University) may require additional paperwork and a licensed individual, such as a doctor or lawyer, to be part of your LLC.

For more information, check out New Mexico's Secretary Of State.

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2. Do a New Mexico Secretary of State Business Search

Before filing your name reservation request, you can use New Mexico’s Business Entity Search to check the availability of your desired name. To perform the most effective search, type in the name you would like to use, excluding identifiers like “LLC”, and leave all other boxes blank. This will return all entities using the same or similar names. If you can't find the name in your search, that means the name has not been taken and is available for you to use.

3. Is the URL available?

Another important consideration to make when selecting a business name is whether or not your desired web domain name is available. Having a URL that clearly matches your business name is important. This seemingly small step can make a big difference in how prospective customers find your business.

The best way to determine if your desired URL is available is to search for it using your preferred domain registry, such as GoDaddy.

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4. Reserve Your Name

New Mexico’s Secretary of State Operations Division handles all LLC naming questions and requests. Business names can be reserved for 120 days. If you have yet to form your business entity using the reserved name when the business name reservation expires, you may renew the name reservation.

To reserve a business name, you must file an application by mail. There is not an online option at this time. The fee is $20 and cheques must be made out to the “New Mexico Secretary of State.”

Be sure to conduct a thorough search before completing your paperwork to avoid rejection.

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Visit the the New Mexico Secretary of State's website to download the Reservation Form.

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OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

While reserving the name for your LLC is straightforward, there are some other things you should think about when choosing the best name for your business. You may want to do a Trademark and Social Media search for your name to see if it's available for use across the internet. This will help ensure you have full, unrestricted use of your business name.

Trademark Search

Conducting a trademark search of your business name and associated slogans or logos before registering can help prevent costly litigation in the future. Discovering that another entity has trademarked your business name does not automatically disqualify you from using it.

However, it is important to know who is using the name, what industry they operate in, and where they are located to be sure you do not inadvertently infringe upon anyone’s intellectual property rights.

To complete this step: 

  • Search New Mexico’s trademark records to see if your business name or associated slogans, logos, or others are in use by another business in your state. 
  • Search the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s electronic records to find any federally registered trademarks associated with your business name.

Social Media Search

Just as important, or more so, than finding a domain name that fits your business is ensuring that your business name is available for use across social media platforms. You can do this by simply searching your business name on each major site, or use a tool such as Namecheckr to search across all platforms at once.

Bottom Line

Having a name for your business is an important first step for creating a successful LLC, and one that is incredibly easy to do. Once you have found your preferred name you'll want to secure your domain name so that your customers will be able to find your business online. Reserving your name will help you stand out from the competition. With your name secured, you will be ready to take the next steps to formalize your LLC.

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What's Next?

Once you are sure that your desired name is available for use, you can start the process of registering your business. For more details on where to start, check out our full guide on how to form an LLC in New Mexico.

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