Reserved name — Registered name.
(1) Reserved Name.
(a) A person may reserve the exclusive use of a limited liability company name by delivering an application to the secretary of state for filing. The application must set forth the name and address of the applicant and the name proposed to be reserved. If the secretary of state finds that the limited liability company name applied for is available, the secretary of state shall reserve the name for the applicant's exclusive use for a nonrenewable one hundred eighty-day period.
(b) The owner of a reserved limited liability company name may transfer the reservation to another person by delivering to the secretary of state a signed notice of the transfer that states the name and address of the transferee.
(2) Registered Name.
(a) A foreign limited liability company may register its name if the name is distinguishable upon the records of the secretary of state from the names specified in RCW 25.15.010.
(b) A foreign limited liability company registers its name by delivering to the secretary of state for filing an application that:
(i) Sets forth its name and the state or country and date of its organization; and
(ii) Is accompanied by a certificate of existence, or a document of similar import, from the state or country of organization.
(c) The name is registered for the applicant's exclusive use upon the effective date of the application and until the close of the calendar year in which the application for registration is filed.
(d) A foreign limited liability company whose registration is effective may renew it for successive years by delivering to the secretary of state for filing a renewal application, which complies with the requirements of (b) of this subsection, between October 1st and December 31st of the preceding year. The renewal application when filed renews the registration for the following calendar year.
(e) A foreign limited liability company whose registration is effective may thereafter qualify as a foreign limited liability company under the registered name, or consent in writing to the use of that name by a limited liability company thereafter organized under this chapter, by a corporation thereafter formed under Title 23B RCW, by a limited partnership thereafter formed under chapter 25.10 RCW, or by another foreign limited liability company, foreign corporation, or foreign limited partnership thereafter authorized to transact business in this state. The registration terminates when the domestic limited liability company is organized, the domestic corporation is incorporated, or the domestic limited partnership is formed, or the foreign limited liability company qualifies or consents to the qualification of another foreign limited liability company, corporation, or limited partnership under the registered name.
[1998 c 102 § 11; 1994 c 211 § 103.]