Instructions For Application For Reservation Of Name - Montana Secretary Of State


Application For Reservation Of Name
Use this form to verify the availability of a proposed business name. If the name is not similar
to another business name already on file, the Secretary of State will reserve the name for your
exclusive use.
Use this form only if you have not filed organizational documents such as registration of
Assumed Business Name, Certificate of Limited Partnership, Articles of Incorporation, or
Articles of Organization.
Please type or clearly print the requested information.
You may request priority filing of your document. Simply mark the “priority filing” box and
include an additional $20.00 with your filing fee for a total of $30.00. Priority filing ensures
that your application will be handled within 24 hours of receipt of the document by our office.
If the name of your business is not a partnership, corporation, or another such association and
does not include the full legal name of each owner, the business name must be registered as
an Assumed Business Name (ABN). Nicknames are not considered part of an individual's
legal name and any business name using such must register an ABN. (30-13-201, MCA)
Article First
When listing the name to be reserved, please type or print clearly. Emphasize the
spaces in the name, especially between initials.
An Assumed Business Name may not contain or be followed by any of the words or
abbreviation of the words "corporation", "company", "incorporated", or "limited"
unless the business is a corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company, or
limited liability corporation. (30-13-202, MCA)
A fictitious name may be registered if the corporate name of a foreign corporation is
unavailable for use in Montana. (35-2-305, MCA)
Article Second
A name may only be reserved for up to 120 days before the business intends to
commence. (30-13-211, MCA)
Upon completion, mail the original, one copy, and the correct filing fee to the Secretary of
State, PO Box 202801, Helena, MT 59620-2801. Make checks payable to the Secretary
of State.
The Secretary of State will send a letter of acknowledgment to you once your document has
been filed with our office.
If you have any questions regarding this form, please contact the Secretary of State, Business
Services Bureau at (406) 444-3665.
Please be advised that the Business Services Bureau of the Montana Secretary of State will
process your business documents within 10 working days of initial receipt. During this
period if it is determined that your document does not meet statutory requirements, a
letter outlining the deficiencies will be returned to the original submitter. If the document
is complete and correct, the document will be filed and an acknowledgment copy showing
completion returned to the original submitter.


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