How to Change Your Alabama Business Name

To complete a business name change in Alabama, you need to file a form such as an Amendment to Certificate of Incorporation (for corporations), or a Certificate of Amendment (for LLCs). We can handle the heavy lifting for you with our Amendment Filing Service.

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Sometimes a simple change can improve your whole outlook. This can even happen when you change the name of your business. If you have a limited liability company (LLC) or a corporation, you need to file paperwork with the state to change your business’s name. Filing name change paperwork helps keep your business legally compliant so you can focus more on growing your business.

If you still need help with a name change, follow along with us in this article to learn how to change a business name in Alabama. 

How to Get a New Business Name

If you want to change a business name in Alabama, you need to do some prep work. We break down the general steps for you below. 

1.) Choose a new business name

When picking a new name for your business, you have many options. But you need to follow a handful of state rules.  In general, your business’s new name needs to:

  • Contain appropriate words or abbreviations that indicate what kind of business you’re running (e.g., LLC, corporation, etc.)
  • Be distinguishable from names already in use by other businesses that are on file with the Alabama Secretary of State

It’s pretty simple to include words that clearly describe the kind of business you’re running. But it can be more difficult to check that your business’s new name is distinguishable. We make it easy with our Business Name Checker.  

2.) Gather information for filing your amendment

When you file an Amendment to Certificate of Incorporation or a Certificate of Amendment to change your business’s name, you need to include multiple pieces of information. Normally, LLC and corporation owners need the following information to change business names: 

  • The business’s current name
  • The business’s Alabama Entity Identification Number
  • The date the business filed its Certificate of Incorporation (for corporations) or Certificate of Formation (for LLCs)
  • The date the business adopted the name change
  • Information about how the business adopted the amendment or a certification that the business properly adopted the amendment 
  • A Name Reservation Certification
  • Information about the business’s previous amendments
  • A filing fee payment 
  • The signature of an appropriate party

When you file your name change document by mail, you must mail two copies to the Secretary of State, and you must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. 

3.) File your Alabama amendment

You can file your name change paperwork by mail, by courier, or through the Secretary of State’s Online Portal. The Secretary of State accepts checks, money orders, and credit cards for payment of your filing fee. 

Changing your business name can be important work, but you don’t have to do the work on your own. We can handle this task for you with our Amendment Filing Service

After You Change Your Business Name

There are other important considerations after you legally change your business name. These include:

  • Changing your business name on contracts, loans, and business checking accounts
  • Changing employment contacts
  • Reviewing marketing materials like business cards, stationery, website materials, logos, and more

Taking care of these little things at the start can avoid confusion as you move forward with your new name.

We can help

Who says change always has to be hard? Well, it doesn’t. We can make changes to your business easily with our Amendment Filing Service. If you don’t have an LLC or corporation yet, our Alabama LLC and Alabama Corporation Formation Services can help turn your dream into a business owner quickly! 

We can also help you keep your business legally compliant with our Worry-Free Compliance Service, which includes up to two amendment filings per year. We’re here to support new businesses because we want entrepreneurs like you to succeed!

Alabama Business Name Change FAQs

  • A business name is the official name of your business. A DBA, trade name, or fictitious name is a name your business uses that isn’t its official name.

  • No, you don’t have to change your business name if you have a DBA name. A typical purpose of a DBA is to keep the official business name while having other names to represent different business projects. To protect your DBA name, you might need to file an Application to Register Trade Name with the Secretary of State.

  • Before you register your business name in Alabama, you have to make sure that the name you want for your business is distinguishable from other names on record with the Secretary of State. If you’re choosing a name for a new business, you can register the name when you file your business formation documents with the Secretary of State. If you want to register a new name for an existing business, you need to obtain a Name Reservation Certificate and file business amendment paperwork.

  • As long as your business adopts them properly, you can make as many amendments as you want. You can even make multiple amendments to the same business amendment document. If you want to submit more than one amendment document, you might need to wait 24 hours between filings.

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.

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