All limited liability companies (LLCs) in Alaska are required to file Articles of Organization to properly begin operations in the state. This important filing conveys basic information about a limited liability company such as contact information for your members and your resident agent. But for most businesses, change is inevitable. When this information does change, it needs to be updated with Alaska’s Secretary of State through an amendment.
So how do you amend your Articles of Organization, and when do you need to do so? Let’s look at the process of filing Articles of Amendment in Alaska and how we can help.
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Step 1: Determine if you need to change your Alaska Articles of Organization
As businesses grow and change, you may need to change some of the basic information about your company to fit how it is actually operating or needs to operate to serve your needs. If you need to change any of the provisions in the Articles of Organization, you must file an Alaska Articles of Amendment.
If your Articles of Organization are not current, your limited liability company can’t get a Certificate of Compliance (referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing in most states). A Certificate of Compliance is not necessary to operate in the state, but failing to comply and meet deadlines may result in penalties and fees.
In addition, potential customers, investors, and other business owners often require a Certificate of Compliance before doing business with you. Not having one may limit your business’s ability to raise capital and grow.
Step 2: Identify what to change in your Alaska Articles of Organization
Alaska Articles of Amendment can be used to change most information seen on your Articles of Organization, but there are some aspects that need separate filings. Let’s take a look at what you can change and what you can’t.
Step 3: Gather information for filing your Alaska amendment
To file Alaska Articles of Amendment, you need the full legal name of your LLC, as well as the entity number the state assigned to your business upon formation. You must be current on all biennial reports, and member or manager signatures must match those already on file.
Step 4: File your Alaska LLC amendment
You will need to provide the following information when filing Alaska Articles of Amendment:
- Name of your Alaska limited liability currently on record with the state
- Alaska LLC identification number assigned by the Secretary of State upon formation
- Month, day, and year of initial limited liability company formation
- All new amendments and their respective numbers
- Signature of the member, manager, or attorney filing the document
- Contact information for the person that the state will notify if there are issues with your Alaska Articles of Amendment.
List any changes at all to the original Articles of Organization with the appropriate amendment number. You can file your amendment online, via mail, or in person.
The standard processing time for Alaska Articles of Amendment is 10-15 business days. Processing time for online applications may be faster. Unfortunately, Alaska has no option for expedited processing.
Confused? Don’t worry, we are here to help. We can simplify the amendment process with our Worry-Free Compliance service which includes two amendments per year at no extra charge.
Items that can’t be changed with Articles of Amendment
Not all provisions in your Alaska Articles of Organization can be changed using Articles of Amendment.
All limited liability companies and corporations in Alaska need a registered agent. A separate form is required to change your registered agent. If you don’t have a registered agent or need to change the one you have, consider our Alaska registered agent service to help you check one more thing off of your list.
Principal and Mailing Address
The physical principal place of business and mailing address can be changed on your LLC’s Biennial Report. If you are between reports, use an Entity Address Change form.
Member/Managers and Interest
The Notice of Change form may be used in between Biennial Reports for changes in officials or percentage of interest in the business. This is public information and failure to report it could result in the dissolution of the LLC.
Alaska Articles of Amendment v. Restated Articles of Organization
Restating the Articles of Organization takes into account all amendments and changes, including those made on Biennial Reports. According to state law, a limited liability company may restate its articles of organization at any time.
This helps keep all changes in one place as a full and complete document. Restated Articles of Organization can’t be filed if your Biennial Report isn’t current, so compliance is key. The good news is that filing Alaska Biennial Reports is yet another service we offer to take the stress off of our client’s shoulders.
Stressed about compliance? We can help you keep your Alaska LLC up to date!
There are a lot of moving pieces when it comes to maintaining your Alaska Articles of Organization. We can help you keep track of all the changes you need to make with our Worry-Free Compliance service, which includes two amendments per year at no extra charge.
Some of your Alaska LLC Amendments can be made on your Biennial Report, and many Alaska documents require a current Biennial Report before they can be filled. If you’re concerned that you’ll forget to turn in something important, we are here to help. Our expert team of support staff can guide you through the compliance process and let you get back to doing what you love: growing your business.
Disclaimer: The content on this page is for information purposes only, and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.
- Do I need an attorney to amend my Articles of Organization in Alaska?
You don’t need an attorney to amend your Alaska Articles of Organization.
- What business changes can be reported in an Alaska LLC Articles of Amendment form?
Changes to your limited liability company name and purpose can be made using Alaska LLC Articles of Amendment.
- Are Alaska LLC Articles of Amendment the same as a biennial report?
Alaska’s Biennial Report and LLC Articles of Amendment contain similar information, but they serve different functions. Many changes can be made on a Biennial Report, but Articles of Amendment may be necessary in-between reports.
- How long does it take to file LLC Articles of Amendment in Alaska?
The standard processing time for Alaska Articles of Amendment is 10-15 business days. Processing time for online applications may be faster. Alaska has no option for expedited processing.
- What will I receive from the state of Alaska when the LLC Articles of Amendment are filed?
Online submissions will receive a confirmation when your filing has successfully been completed. It may take up to two weeks for mail-in applications.
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