How to Change Your Business Name

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Business Name Change

It may be time to change your business name. As your business grows and brand evolves, your company name may not reflect it anymore. If that happens to you, you don’t have to start over. Just follow a few steps to learn how to change your business name. 

This guide focuses on how to change a business name for a limited liability company (LLC) and corporation business entities. 

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Changing Your Business Name: Getting Started

This guide serves as a step-by-step lesson on what ‘s involved with changing your business name. Since it has legal implications, it’s always a good idea to consult a business attorney. 

1. Find the perfect new business name

Regardless of the type of business you have, you need to find the right business name for your business. Questions to ask yourself as you think of new names: 

Confirm your business name is available in your state

The last question is the most important one. You need to confirm your business name is available in your state. Simply go to your state’s Secretary of State website.

Check with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

You can also check with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as they have a trademark search tool. Make sure your new name isn’t trademarked. 

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Changing your website? You should also confirm your new domain name is available, assuming you’re updating your website. Use our domain name checker to find out if your domain is available. 

2. File your name change with the state

Once you land on the ideal new business name for your company, it’s time to make it official with legal documents. 

You have a few options if you’re changing the name of your LLC or corporation. Are you abandoning your original name? Then you need to file an Article of Amendment. If you’re only changing the name for marketing purposes, consider filing a “doing business as” (DBA) name. 

File an Article of Amendment with the state

You filed Articles of Organization, or similar documents, when you started your company. Now it’s time to file an amendment with the state so they can authorize your official business name change. You can find the Article of Amendment form on your state’s Secretary of State office. 

When you file your amendment with the state, you’ll likely need to provide: 

Once approved, you’ll receive confirmation from the state. And your business name is officially changed. 

Are you a ZenBusiness customer? If so, we’ll file up to 2 amendments with your state for you per year with our Worry-Free Compliance Service. We’ll do the heavy lifting for you.  

DBA Name Change

Not every company wants to officially change its name. Perhaps you just want to use a different name for marketing purposes? 

Why would you consider a DBA name? 

Filing a DBA Name

Depending on the state, you file your DBA at the state or county level. DBA names are also known as fictitious or trade names.

When filing a DBA name, you typically need: 

Note: Some states require you to post a public notice in your local newspaper or other location to announce the name change. Visit your state’s Secretary of State website for more information. 

3. Update your business information

There are several steps to follow after you file your Article of Amendment or DBA form: 

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We’ve formed more than 300,000 businesses for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Our customers run and grow their business with us, and many take advantage of our Amendment Service. This service allows for up to two amendments to be filed on your behalf per year. We handle the heavy lifting, so you can get back to running your company. 

Changing a Business Name FAQs

  1. Is it hard to change a business name? 

    Changing your business is a big decision. The act of filing for a new business name only requires a few steps, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Consider the right name that’s best for your business, how you’ll communicate with customers and how it influences the other aspects of your company.

  2. How does it take to process a business name change? 

    This will vary by state, but name changes are typically handled within a few weeks of filing.

  3. How much does it cost to change a business name? 

    The cost will also vary by state. Typically it’s less $150 or less to make the change.

  4. Do I have to start a new company when I change my business name? 

    No, you file an amendment to change your business name officially. You can also create a DBA name for your company if you want to maintain your current legal business name for trademarking or other purposes.

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