The name of your business is important as it is likely what you will build your brand, products, and services off of. You’ll want to protect that name as much as possible by making sure others do not build a business with the same name or a similar one. Upon LLC formation or the creation of your limited liability company, you must register your name with the federal government. In most states, they do not let businesses register as an LLC if the name is already registered. If you have successfully formed your LLC with the federal government, you usually do not have to separately register the LLC name with your state.
However, even if you filled out the LLC paperwork and successfully registered your business, you have other name registration options open to you:
Whatever name the public or government knows your business as, make sure you fill out the proper tax ID application and get an employer identification number if you have any employees, are taxed as a partnership, or are taxed as a corporation. If you do not yet have your EIN, you can fill out an online EIN application. Your business requires an EIN for payroll and for properly filing tax returns in most cases. If you have applied but not yet received your number, you may track your EIN application with GovDocFiling.