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New York Attorney General Business Name Approval


What word is restricted for business names in New York that needs approval from the Attorney General?


How to request approval from the Attorney General for use of restricted word:

An officer/member of the business must submit by mail an originally signed letter requesting approval of the business name. The letter must include a brief description of the nature of the business and a copy of the business document you are filing with the Department of State. Additionally, you must attest that the company will not engage in the offer or sale of securities or commodities as defined by New York and Federal statutory and case law.

Is there a fee to request approval of your business name from the Attorney General?

There is no fee required by the Attorney General for approval of business names.

How long will it take them to process the request for approval?

Normal Processing: 2 working weeks, plus additional time for return mailing.

Expedited service is not available.

You will receive a response letter by mail.

How to contact the New York Attorney General:

New York Attorney General
Department of Law
Bureau of Investor Protection and Securities
120 Broadway
New York, NY 10271
Phone: 212-416-8222 or 212-416-8185
Website: New York Attorney General

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