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Suffix in Company Name: Limited (Ltd) Private Limited (Pvt Ltd)

When a company registers as a limited liability company, the word "Limited" or the words "Private Limited", as the case may be, is required to be used at the end of its legally approved name.

A company's name indicates the legal status of the company. As such, by a bare look at the name of the company, a layman should be able to know whether it is a private or public limited company.

‘Private Limited’ or ‘Pvt. Ltd.’

All the companies, which are registered as private limited companies, must mention at all places viz. letterheads, common seal, rubber stamps, hoardings, notices, etc at the end of their company’s name either ‘Private Limited’ or ‘Pvt. Ltd.’.

Google India Private Limited
Google India Pvt. Ltd.

‘Limited’ or ‘Ltd.’

Likewise, the companies which are registered as public limited companies shall mention at the end of their name either ‘Limited’ or ‘Ltd.’.

Reliance Industries Limited
Reliance Industries Ltd.

One Person Company (OPC)

The letters ‘OPC’ to be suffixed with the name of the companies who are registered as One Person Companies (OPCs) in order to identify themselves easily.

Virat Technologies OPC Private Limited
Virat Technologies OPC Pvt. Ltd.

Imp. Notes:

(1) The word ‘limited’ or ‘private limited’ or ‘ltd’ or ‘pvt ltd’ must always come at the end of the name of the companies and not at the beginning or in between the name.

(2) A company, which is registered under section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 (earlier section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956), can make an application to the Central Govt to get an exemption of omitting to mention the word ‘limited’ or ‘private limited’ in its name.

(3) A company which is listed in any stock exchange doesn’t have to additionally add any words in its name extra to show that it's a listed company.


  1. Anonymous25 June, 2019

    will a limited co (doesn't mention pvt in its name) with only 4 directors/members become a private company just b'cause it has only 4 members?


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