Thousands of documents are rejected each year. Many are rejected due to a conflict or match to another name. When documents are rejected you lose your counter fee. This can cost you up to $350.
Solution: Reserve your name before you file your documents.
First, do a basic name search with the CA Secretary of State. This is an easier way to see if a name matches what you want. Some words can be split up to see if they have a match. Example: Parkview Apartments could be the same as Park View Apts.
To learn more about picking a name click Name Guideline Restrictions CA SOS. This guide is long but will give lots of information to help you. As you will see the state is very picky about names.
The Secretary of State charges $4 per name search. The fee to reserve it is $10. The name is reserved for 60 days. We make this easy for you to do. Click here on the Name Inquiry Form. Give us three choices for your business name. Email us the form or fax it to us at (916) 481-2230. Our fee is $30 plus California Secretary of State fees.