How to Change Your Wyoming Business Name

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Wyoming Business Name Change

Over time, your business strategy, products, or services may change. You may consider changing your business name to reflect your current work better. Changing a business name in Wyoming requires several steps to comply with state regulations. You’ll need to amend your business’s Articles of Organization if it’s a limited liability company (LLC) or Articles of Incorporation if it’s a corporation to change your legal name officially.

How to Get a New Business Name

A business name change in Wyoming requires you to take several steps so that your name change is official and compliant with state law.  

1. Choose a new business name

First, you must decide on your new business name. Although this may seem easy, Wyoming requires that your proposed name be distinguishable and not deceptively similar to other business names in the state. To find out, run your proposed name through the Wyoming Secretary of State’s business search tool. The Secretary of State provides a step-by-step process for making your business name distinguishable to comply with its requirements. 

Then, you’ll reserve your proposed name. The Secretary of State has separate name reservation forms for Corporations and LLCs. You can file this form, along with the fee, online or by mail. However, if your name contains certain words or characters you won’t be able to file online. 

We can remove the burden of selecting and reserving a new business name. Our Business Name Checker quickly searches for available names, and our Name Reservation Service will help you reserve your new business name without you having to jump through so many hoops.  

2. Gather information for filing your amendment

After you’ve reserved your name, you’ll gather the information you’ll need to file an Amendment to your Articles of Organization if you have an LLC or an Amendment to your Articles of Incorporation if you have a Corporation. Generally, for a business name change in Wyoming, the Secretary of State needs the following information for your amendment:

If you have a corporation, you’ll also need to state who approved the amendment (e.g., the board of directors) and the date that the amendment was approved.  

3. File your Wyoming amendment

The last step for changing your business name is to file your amendment with the Secretary of State. You’ll file it by mail with the appropriate filing fee.

We can handle the complicated process of how to change a business name in Wyoming. We offer an Amendment Filing Service so that you don’t have to worry about whether your amendment complies with Wyoming’s requirements.

After You Change Your Business Name

Legally changing your business name is only one piece of your name change process. You may wish to update your name on the following:

You may also want to contact your clients, vendors, and customers, informing them of your new business name.

We Can Help

Learning how to change a business name in Wyoming can be complicated. We offer an Amendment Filing Service so that you can delegate this confusing task to us. With our Worry-Free Compliance service, we can help you ensure that your business stays compliant with ongoing reporting requirements. Plus, it includes two amendments each year. Our customer service team is available to answer any questions you may have.

We also offer Wyoming LLC Formation and Wyoming Corporation Formation services if you haven’t started your business. With our help, you can focus on getting your business up and running and not navigating legal requirements. 

Disclaimer: The content on this page is for informational 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.

FAQs

  1. What's the difference between a doing-business-as (DBA) name and business name? 

    A business name is a business’s official legal name on the books with the state. A doing-business-as (DBA) name is a fictitious, assumed, or trade name the business uses to do business. Wyoming doesn’t require you to register your trade name or DBA name, but you can if you don’t want another business to use it.

  2. Do I have to change my business name if I have a DBA name? 

    You don’t have to change your business name if you have a DBA name. Many businesses have DBA names for this very reason. If you want the DBA name to be the legal name of your business, then you will need to update your name with the state. In Wyoming, you don’t need to register your DBA name. You may, however, choose to do so to protect it from being used by someone else.

  3. How do I register my business name in Wyoming? 

    Registering your business name in Wyoming begins with choosing a business name that is both distinguishable and not easily confused with another Wyoming business name. You’ll search Wyoming’s business name search tool to see if your name is available. You then will reserve your name with the Wyoming Secretary of State.

    After that, you’ll have to amend your business’s Articles of Organization if it’s an LLC or Articles of Incorporation if it’s a Corporation. If you’ve not yet filed your formation documents with the Secretary of State, you can add your name to this document when you file.

  4. How many amendments can I make to my business?

    You can make as many amendments to your business as you need. Often, businesses amend their documents if there are significant changes. This way, the business continues to comply with Wyoming’s regulations. Check with the Secretary of State to decide if you need to amend your documents.

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