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The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development offices are closed to the public at this time. We are still open for business and encourage you to contact us via phone or email.

Corporations

Reserve or Register a Business Name

Under Business License statutes AS 43.70 there are no restrictions on how many business licenses may have the same name; thus there may be multiple business licenses with the exact same name owned by different people.

Under Corporation statutes AS 10.06 a business may obtain exclusive rights to a business name by filing a Business Name Reservation (protects a name for 120 days) or a Business Name Registration (gives exclusive rights for 5 years).

NOTE: Current Alaska Statutes do not restrict issuing multiple business licenses with the exact same name. The department is required to issue a business license under AS 43.70, even if exclusive rights to a name have been secured under AS 10.06. If you have exclusive rights you want to exercise see below What is the remedy if exclusive rights are infringed upon?

For information about reserving or registering corporate or business names in the State of Alaska click on the links below:

1. What is the difference between Reserving and Registering a Business Name? 2. What are exclusive rights? 3. How do I Reserve or Register a Business Name? 4. What is a "Distinguishable" Business Name? 5. What is the remedy if exclusive rights are infringed upon?

This Division does not provide legal advice. The information contained within these webpages is provided for your convenience and is not to be interpreted as legal advice. It is your responsibility to know what your registering, reporting and filing requirements are based on your specific business activities. Not knowing what is expected of you may not preclude you from the legal obligation to meet these requirements and compliance with the law. You are encouraged to seek the advice of a professional, such as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or Attorney if you need additional assistance.

Contact Us

When contacting this office, please direct your questions to the appropriate Section: Corporations, Professional Licensing, or Business Licensing. Each Section specializes in its own requirements per Alaska statutes and regulations.

Professional Licensing Section
Email: License@Alaska.Gov

Corporations Section
Email: Corporations@Alaska.Gov

Business Licensing Section
Email: BusinessLicense@Alaska.Gov