INSTRUCTIONS: NAME RESERVATION REQUEST FOR DOMESTIC ENTITIES
This form is used to reserve business or non-profit entity name before establishing the entity in Alabama. You can complete this form by mail or over the internet.
“Name Reservation Request for Domestic Entities Step 1”
Check one box in part 1. You have nine different options. In part 2, write the requested name of the business or non-profit entity. Regard the following rules closely:
1. Corporation names need to contain the words “corporation” or “incorporated” or an abbreviated form of either word. Professional corporations need the word “professional corporation” or “P.C.” Exceptions include nonprofits, banks, trust companies, savings and loan associations, and insurance companies.
2. A limited liability company needs to have the words “Limited Liability Company” or “L.L.C.” in the title.
3. A limited partnership needs to contain the words “limited partnership,” “Limited,” “L.P.,” “LP,” or “Ltd.” The name cannot contain the words “limited liability limited partnership,” “LLLP,” or “L.L.L.P.”
4. The opposite rules of rule 3 apply in a limited liability limited partnership.
5. A banking entity needs a letter from Alabama Banking Commissioner’s Office in the name. An insurance entity needs a letter from the Alabama Insurance Commissioner’s Office.
6. A professional entity requiring a license needs the designation within the name, such as accounting or engineering.
“Name Reservation Request for Domestic Entities Step 2”
In part 3, provide the name or the entity or individual submitting the reservation request. Provide the address of the entity or individual on the second line.
“Name Reservation Request for Domestic Entities Step 3”
Provide a mailing address and name for the certificate in part 4. If the requester is using a prepaid account, provide the account name and account number below part 4 and check the appropriate box.
“Name Reservation Request for Domestic Entities Step 4”
If the requester is paying by credit card, check the appropriate box in the credit card payment option and provide the card type, card number, expiration date, card holder name, and billing address. Provide the signature of the card holder.
“Name Reservation Request for Domestic Entities Step 5”
Mail the completed request to the Office of the Secretary of State at PO Box 5616, Montgomery, AL 36103. Expedited processing will occur within 3 days of the date of receipt.