Check Company Name Availability


Incorporation is the formation of a new company (A legal entity that is effectively recognized as a person under the law). The company can be a business, a startup, a micro small, or medium scale business. MCA regulates the affairs of the companies registered in India through the Companies Act, 1956, 2013, and other relevant bills and rules. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has a regulatory framework set up that is to be considered while naming the company. If the name of the company does not fall under the rules set by MCA then the application may get rejected.

About MCA

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs is governed by the finance minister of the Government of India. The Ministry of corporate affairs is mainly responsible for the regulation of the Indian enterprises that are operating in the industrial and service sectors.

Guidelines for choosing your Company

The Registrar of the Companies (ROC) across Indian expects the applicant to follow certain criteria while naming a Company. The approval is also subject to the officer handling the application. The more closely the rules that are listed are followed the better are th4e chances of getting the name of the Company approved.

  1. Uniqueness: The name of the company is a unique component. A name once registered won’t be allocated to another company. This name needs to be descriptive For example if the company is a finance company, the word “Finance” should be included in the name. This word describes the nature of the company. So if the company is in the Logistic or restaurant business they cannot have “Finance” in the name.
  2. Avoid abbreviations: Abbreviations, adjectives and generic words will be rejected. The words banks, exchange, and the stock exchange should be approved by RBI.
  3. Trademark: Proposed company name cannot infringe on a registered trademark or an application for registration of a trademark unless the consent of the registered trademark owner or trademark applicant is submitted along with the name approval application.
  4. Patronage: Proposed company name cannot imply association or connection with or patronage of a national hero or any person held in high esteem or important personages who occupied or occupying important positions in Government. The proposed name cannot imply an association with the Indian or Foreign Government.
  5. Block your domain name: An applicant must block the domain name to avoid duplication.
  6. Regulatory approval: The name of the company which has words like insurance, bank, stock, exchange, venture capital, asset management, mutual fund, etc may require regulatory approvals from RBI, SEBI, IRDAI, etc.

Dos and Don’ts while registering a Company


  1. A word that describes the company should be mentioned.
  2. The name needs to be unique to avoid duplication or offense
  3. In the case of the Private Limited Company, the name should have the abbreviation at the end.


  1. The name should not be offensive
  2. The plural version of any existing name is not applicable
  3. Separating and joining the different names can be considered
  4. The use of different tenses or numbers will not be counted as another name.

Note: *The authority for approval or rejection of company names rests with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) only. This tool is provided only to quickly estimate the availability of name and domain. In some cases, registered company or LLP or trademark may not be shown as registered, due to lack of data availability.

Documents Required For MCA Name Approval

  1. PAN Card: PAN is mandatory for Indian Directors.
  2. Passport (Foreign Nationals Only): Passport is mandatory for Foreign Directors or Shareholders.
  3. Aadhaar Card: Aadhaar is mandatory for Indian Directors.
  4. Bank Statement: Latest bank statement of the Directors and Shareholders.
  5. Foreign Government – Address Proof: Any document issued by a Foreign Government having photo and address of the Director or Shareholder.
  6. Latest Electricity Bill: Latest electricity bill for the registered office premises.
  7. Latest Telephone Bill: Latest telephone bill for the registered office premises. Electricity bill preferred.
  8. Latest Mobile Bill: Latest mobile bill for the registered office premises. Electricity bill preferred.
  9. Passport Size Photo: Passport size photo of the Directors and Individual Shareholders.
  10. Recent Utility Bill: Business Place

MCA Name Approval FAQ's

How do you check if a name is available for a company?

You can check if a name is available for a company by doing the following:

  1. This can be easily checked online on the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) website
  2. You can also check availability by visiting any ROC office and submitting Form INC-1 with a fee of Rs 500

Can I use a company name that already exists?

No, it is not legal. You can only use a business name that has not been registered in India. Therefore, before choosing a business name, you can search for its availability is one of the essential things..

Can you buy a company name and not use it?

Unfortunately, the simple answer to this question is no. There is no way that you can reserve a company name without forming a company under that name. According to the Companies Act, No one can book a company name without registering a company with MCA. If you are not ready to begin trading yet, you might consider forming the Company and leaving it in a dormant state until you are ready to start a business.

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