How to Change Your Idaho Business Name

Business name changes in Idaho usually require filing Articles of Amendment (for corporations) or an Amendment to Certificate of Organization (for LLCs). Our Amendment Filing Service gives you a quick and easy option for filing amendments.

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Change is a part of life. As the years progress, we move, switch jobs, and start families. Your life is not static, and neither is your business. So what seemed like a great name when you started your business might not be cutting it anymore. Luckily, if you have an Idaho limited liability company (LLC) or corporation, you have the option to change the name of your business.

Do you still need more information about changing your business name? No problem. This guide will go into more detail on how to change a business name in Idaho.

How to Get a New Business Name

While you may feel ready to change your business name right now, there are a few things you may need to do before you change the name. Below we will go over the basics of these preliminary actions.

1) Choose a new business name

The great thing about a business name change in Idaho is that you have a lot of flexibility when choosing your name. Still, some rules will need to be followed. In general, your business’s new name needs to:

  • Include appropriate abbreviations or words that indicate what kind of business you run (e.g., LLC, corporation, etc.)
  • Ensure that the name is distinguishable from those on file with the Idaho Secretary of State for other businesses

2) Gather information for filing your amendment

To file either Articles of Amendment or an Amendment to Certificate of Organization, you’re going to need a few pieces of information. Below are some of the items you may need to amend your Idaho entity:

  • The business’s current name
  • The new name
  • The date the business adopted the name change
  • Whether the Board of Directors or shareholders approved the name change
  • The filing fee
  • The signature of an authorized officer or director of the business

These requirements may vary depending on whether you are amending an LLC or a corporation. It’s also a good idea to check your business’s bylaws or other governing documents to see if there are specific rules on who must approve name changes or amendments. 

3) File your Idaho amendment

You can file your name change on the Secretary of State’s SOSBiz portal. You can also submit the form through the mail. Note that you may have to pay an additional fee to expedite the amendment. If you still feel a bit lost, that’s okay. Remember, we can help.

After You Change Your Business Name

Once you legally change a business name in Idaho, there are other things you need to consider. Some items you may need to take care of include:

  • Updating your name with other applicable government agencies, including local and federal agencies
  • Updating banking information
  • Making sure your letterhead, email addresses, and other identifying items reflect the name change

Failure to update your name could lead to issues and confusion for you down the road. It might also be a good idea to let your customers know you are changing the name of the business.

We Can Help

Still a bit confused about how to change a business name in Idaho? Changing your business name might seem like a headache, but we can make it easier with our Amendment Filing Service. If you haven’t formed an Idaho entity yet, don’t worry. Our Idaho LLC and Idaho Corporation Formation Services can help you get your business up and running in no time.

Whether changing your business name or starting a new business, we can help keep it compliant with our Worry-Free Compliance Service. This service even includes up to two amendment filings per year, which can be used for name changes or other amendments to the entity. We love seeing our customers grow their businesses to new heights. Check out our services to see what we can do for you!

Idaho Business Name Change FAQs

  • A business name is the legal name of your business. A DBA or assumed name is a name that your business can go by, but it’s not the official name of your business.

  • No, the official name and DBA serve different purposes. A DBA can be thought of as a nickname for your business. It might even be possible to use multiple DBAs. DBAs can be filed with the Idaho Secretary of State. You may also be able to register your DBA locally but check with your county or city to be sure.

  • Assuming the name is compliant with Idaho law and does not conflict with an existing business, you can file an Amendment to change the legal name of your business. You can also file a DBA, but this will not change the official name of your business.

  • You can file as many amendments as you want, but remember that things like a name change still need to comply with Idaho law. You might also want to keep the filing fees in mind, as they can add up if you make multiple amendments

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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