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New York Business Name Restricted Words


The following are the words that are restricted by the State of New York in certain types of business names. You will want to contact the agency as listed regarding the word you would like to use in your business name. For additional information on the best way to contact the applicable agency you can click on the agency name below.

Restricted Words Agency Information
exchange Attorney General
acceptance; bank; finance; investment; loan; mortgage; savings; trust Banking Department
guaranty Banking Department and Insurance Department
academy; conservatory; education; elementary; historical; historical society; history; institute; kindergarten; library; prekindergarten; preschool; school; secondary; nursery school; museum; Education Department by Commissioner of Education
arboretum; college; university Board of Regents and Commissioner of Education
union; council; industrial organization; labor Industrial Board of Appeals
annuity; assurance; benefit; bond; casualty; endowment; fidelity; indemnity; insurance; surety; title; underwriter Insurance Department
blind; handicapped Social Services
United Nations Secretary General of the United Nations
“America Espirito Sport Fraternite”; “Citius Altius Fortius”; Olympiad; Olympic; Pan-American; Paralympiad; Paralympic US Olympic Committee
Possible Restricted Words Additional Information
doctor Can be used by: a Corporation or LLC, if used in a context which clearly denotes a purpose other than the practice of medicine; a Professional Corporation whose shareholders are exclusively doctors; a Nonprofit Corporation whose membership is exclusively doctors; a university faculty practice corporation (formed under Article 14 of the N-PCL); or a Nonprofit Corporation that is a foundation organized for the sole purpose of publishing the literary works of a deceased person to identify the person whose works are to be published.
lawyer Can be used by: a LLC, if used in a context which clearly denotes a purpose other than the practice of law; a Professional Corporation whose shareholders are exclusively lawyers; or a Nonprofit Corporation whose membership is exclusively lawyers.

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