For information about reserving or registering corporate or business names in the State of Alaska click on the links below:
Reserving (protects for 120 days):
A name reservation temporarily protects the name by giving the owner exclusive rights to the use of that name while a business or entity is being organized. You may reserve a business name if you are intending to do business using that name. A business reservation is valid for 120 days and is non-renewable.
Note: If the business name reservation has not expired but you are ready to use your reserved name please submit the following items together hardcopy:
Registering (gives exclusive rights for 5 years):
A name registration gives the owner the exclusive right to the use of that name. To register a name a current Business License is required. A registered name is valid for five years including any portion of the filing year, and is renewable between October 1st and December 31st of the year of expiration.
The names of the following entity types are registered automatically upon incorporation or organization by the Division: corporations; limited liability companies; limited liability partnerships; limited partnerships; cooperatives; non-profit corporations; Alaska religious corporations; professional corporations; or BIDCOs.
Exclusive right gives the person who reserved or registered the name the exclusive right to the use of that name.
Pursuant to Alaska Statute AS 10.35.040(b), the person with exclusive rights may seek a court order to prohibit the use by another person of a name that is not distinguishable on record from the reserved or registered name. The person with exclusive rights may seek a court order and damages through the courts.
For more information on exercising your State of Alaska exclusive business name reservation or business name registration rights go to: Alaska Court System
Before you apply for a business name reservation or registration, be sure you
read and understand the difference between Reserving and Registering a Business Name
To reserve or register a business name follow the three steps below:
Step 1: Determine if the name is "distinguishable" from another name on record by conducting a thorough search including, but not limited to: the internet; business license records; corporations records; professional license records; telephone directories; trade magazines; trademark records; and catalogs.
Step 2: Avoid name restrictions.
Step 3: Begin the application process by selecting either one of the options below.
If you have questions you can reach us at either the Juneau or Anchorage phone numbers listed below
or by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.