Operating a business requires a great deal of hard work. And in the course of running your business, you’ll likely make hundreds, if not thousands, of crucial decisions. Finalizing a name for your business is often one of the most important decisions you’ll make. However, even after deciding on a name for your Arizona business, there may come a time when you want to change it. So, how do you go about changing the business name for your Arizona business?
To change a business name in Arizona, you’ll need to file Articles of Amendment for your limited liability company (LLC) or corporation. Doing so promptly is crucial to keeping your business legally compliant with the state.
Making a business name change in Arizona can feel complicated and overwhelming. But we’re here to help the process feel like a breeze.
Use our guide below to learn more about how to change a business name in Arizona and see how we can help today.
Wondering how to change a business name in Arizona? Here are 3 key steps you’ll need to take.
Before you file any paperwork, make sure you know what name you want to select. Further, it’s important to verify whether your desired name complies with state naming requirements.
The name you select must use specific words or abbreviations signifying the type of legal entity structure of the business (e.g., “limited liability company,” “LLC,” “corporation,” etc.). Additionally, it’s important to select a name that is distinguishable from any other business name being used in the state.
If you need assistance checking and narrowing down your potential name options, we can help. Use our Business Name Checker to help determine whether your preferred name is available.
Once you have an idea of what new name you want to select for your business, you’re ready to start gathering the information you’ll need to complete your name change.
The information you’ll want to obtain before filing your Articles of Amendment to make your name change include:
For a full list of information you’ll need to include, check the Articles of Amendment form for LLCs or corporations, depending on which entity you formed for your business.
Finally, you can move forward with filing your Arizona Articles of Amendment to change your business name.
You will do so by filing your amendment formation documents with the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). The forms, which is are specific to LLCs and corporations, have a line asking if you wish to change to the entity’s name. Additionally, don’t forget to pay the requisite filing fee. You can check the most current filing fee on the ACC website.
Even after you’ve filed your Articles of Amendment paperwork to finalize your name change, there are a few additional steps to take.
For example, be sure to:
By taking these steps, you can better ensure that you stay legally compliant and don’t confuse existing or potential new customers.
Figuring out how to change a business name in Arizona can be confusing. This is especially true if you’ve never gone through the process before.
Fortunately, however, you don’t have to do this on your own.
When you’re ready to complete your business name change in Arizona, use our Amendment Filing Service. We can help you get started on the right foot and get your amendment filed in a matter of minutes. And we can assist with even more than that, too.
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Arizona Business Name Change FAQs
Your business name is the registered legal name of your business entity. Conversely, a DBA, sometimes referred to as a trade name or fictitious name, is another name that your business conducts its operations under.
No. You may change your business name if you have a DBA name. However, you don’t have to. You will probably be keeping a DBA name if you already have one even if you change your entity’s official business name.
You can register a business name for your business with the Arizona Corporation Commission. You may also need to register your business in the county or counties in which you operate your business.
So long as you go through the correct process each time, there’s no limit on how many amendments you can make to 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.
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