Can I change the name of my LLC in Arizona?
Absolutely! You can easily change your Arizona LLC name.
The first step is to file a form called the Articles of Amendment with the Arizona Corporation Commission and wait for it to be approved. This is how you officially change your LLC name in Arizona.
The filing fee for the LLC Articles of Amendment in Arizona is $25.
After the state approves your LLC name change, you should then notify the following 3 places:
- the IRS
- state tax department
- your business bank account
And finally, you can update your LLC name in other places like your website and marketing materials.
This page will guide you through the process and include helpful tips along the way.
Note: We’ve changed the names of our own LLCs over the years. So we have first-hand experience with filing the paperwork as well as dealing with the IRS and financial institutions.
What are the steps for changing an LLC name in Arizona?
- Check if your new LLC name is available
- File the Arizona Amendment form (and wait for approval)
- Update the IRS
- Update the Arizona Department of Revenue
- Update financial institutions (credit card companies, banks)
- Update business licenses
- Update other places (branding materials, business accounts, etc.)
How much does it cost to change an LLC name in Arizona?
It costs $25 to change your LLC name in Arizona. This is the filing fee for the Articles of Amendment form.
The fee is the same whether you file the form online or by mail.
How do I change my Arizona LLC name?
In order to change your LLC name, you must file the Articles of Amendment with the Arizona Corporation Commission. This officially updates your legal entity (your Limited Liability Company) on the state records.
Note: The Arizona Corporation Commission is responsible for LLC formation and administration, including name changes.
The Articles of Amendment is a PDF download. After you complete the form, you can file it online or by mail.
Can I change my LLC name myself?
You can file the Articles of Amendment yourself or you can hire a company to do this for you.
Because the Amendment filing in Arizona can be confusing and time consuming, many people choose to hire a company for help.
Step 1: Make sure your new Arizona LLC name is available
Before filing your amendment form (the Articles of Amendment), you should check that your new LLC name is available in Arizona.
This is important because two businesses in the state can’t have the same name, or be too similar. This is called LLC name distinguishability.
If you file an amendment for a name that’s already taken, the state will reject your filing. And if that happens, you’ll need to re-file with a different name.
To avoid that, look up your desired Arizona LLC name ahead of time using the state’s business entity search.
Check name availability: Our Arizona LLC Name page has information about how to use the business entity search tool. It also explains details about name rules in Arizona.
Step 2: File the Arizona LLC name change form
The Arizona LLC name change form is called the Articles of Amendment.
(It’s called this because you’re amending your Arizona Articles of Organization.)
How to file the Articles of Amendment in Arizona
First: Download the Articles of Amendment form.
You can complete the form on your computer, then print it out to sign. Or you can print out the form, and complete it by hand using black ink.
Note: This page only explains how to file an Amendment to change your LLC’s name. You can make other changes to your LLC’s basic information using the same form. However, our instructions focus on name changes only, to keep things simple and clear.
1. Entity Name
Enter your LLC’s name exactly as shown on state records, including punctuation and designator.
For example: If your LLC is listed on AZCC records as “Bob’s Diner, L.L.C.” you must enter Bob’s Diner, L.L.C. in the form. Don’t simplify and write Bobs Diner LLC.
2. Entity Name Change
Check this box. Then, enter your desired new LLC name here, including the designator (ending).
In Arizona, you can use the following designators:
- LLC (most common)
- Limited Company
- Limited Liability Company
3-11. Other Changes
If you are only changing your LLC’s name, skip items 3 through 11.
Check the box to accept the terms. Then enter your name and the date. Sign the form after you print it.
Check the box below for “I am an individual authorized to sign this document“. You don’t need to enter anything in the field below that box.
Arizona Articles of Amendment Filing Methods
You can file the Arizona Articles of Amendment online or by mail.
File by mail
- Prepare a check or money order for $25 payable to the “Arizona Corporation Commission”.
- Complete and print the AZCC Cover Sheet
- Check the box for “Change to an Existing Entity“
- Enter your LLC’s current name (not the new name)
- Choose whether you want expedited filing
- Choose how you want your approved documents returned to you
- Assemble your mailing:
- Cover Sheet
- Articles of Amendment
- Check or Money Order
- Send these three items to:
Arizona Corporation Commission
Corporations Division – Examination Section
1300 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
File online using eCorp
Reminder: Our instructions focus on name changes only. We don’t explain how to make other amendments to your LLC on this page. The online filing system gives you the option to amend other things. What you enter online must match the PDF you’ll upload: any changes you want to make must be on the paper Articles of Amendment form you completed and made on the online system.
Before you begin, scan the completed and signed Articles of Amendment form and save as a PDF. The online system will only accept attachments in PDF format.
Now go to the Arizona Corporation Commission’s eCorp Online Services.
You must have an eCorp account to use the filing system. Either create an account or login.
Then, from your dashboard, click Online Services.
In the list of Online Services, look for “Change People or Amend Articles“.
Change People or Amend
Choose the LLC you want to amend.
If you already had an eCorp account and filed other documents for your LLC, your company should be shown on this page.
If you don’t see your LLC, look it up using the search feature. Type the first word or two of your LLC’s name in Entity Name and click Search. Then select your LLC from the list by clicking the button on the left.
Click Next to continue.
Click the button “Amend Article of Organization“.
Don’t change anything in this field. Leave the dropdown menu set to “Domestic LLC“.
The effective date is automatically set to the date you’re filing the form. This means the name change will go into effect when the AZCC approves your filing.
Or, you can change this date to be up to 30 days in the future.
Most people leave the effective date as-is, so their filing is effective as soon as it’s approved.
Character of Business
Arizona requires your LLC to declare an LLC Business Purpose. If this isn’t already filled in, you must select one from the dropdown menu.
The easiest thing to do is select the first option: “Any legal purpose“.
Click Next to continue.
Update Entity Information
New Entity Name
Enter the new desired name for your LLC here. Make sure it matches what you entered on the PDF form, including the designator and any punctuation.
Click Search and the system will check if your new name is available.
You should see a message that says “The Name is Available”
If the system shows you potential matches, just make sure your exact name isn’t in the list. As long as your LLC name is unique compared to the others, your filing will be approved.
Statutory Agent Information, Principal Address, and Manager/Member Information
If you’re only changing the LLC name, you can click Next to skip the following 3 steps:
- Statutory Agent Information
- Principal Address
- Manager/Member Information.
If you made changes to these items on your Articles of Amendment form, then also change them here. Be sure to follow the instructions about additional attachments.
Now you’ll upload the PDF Articles of Amendment.
First, click the button for “I will upload and use my own complete form as the official articles of amendment.”
Then locate the Articles of Amendment PDF on your computer and click Upload File. You should see a success message popup.
Click Next to continue.
First, click the box to agree to the terms.
Type your name to electronically sign the filing.
And then select your title from the dropdown menu.
Pro Tip: Only Authorized Agent, Manager and Member are possible choices for an LLC. None of the other titles in the dropdown menu apply to LLCs.
If you are an LLC Manager or LLC Member, you can choose those options. But be careful: the eCorp system checks the name you entered against the list of Members and Managers on file. So you’ll need to enter your name exactly the same way. We recommend just choosing “Authorized Agent“.
Check the information you entered for any errors or typos. Go back to fix these, if needed, and then continue.
On this page, you’ll select whether you want to pay more for expedited processing. If you don’t want expedited processing, just choose Standard Processing.
Then you can submit your $25 payment for the Articles of Amendment fee (and any expedited filing fees, if applicable).
Wait for approval
After submitting your Articles of Amendment to the state, please wait for approval.
Approval times vary, but on average, how long it takes to change an LLC name in Arizona can take:
- 14-16 business days if you file online
- up to 14-16 business days (plus mail time) if you file by mail
If you filed online, you’ll receive your name change approval by email.
If you filed by mail, you’ll get a stamped and approved copy of your filing back in the mail (unless you selected another option on your Cover Sheet).
Reminder: Changing your LLC name with the Arizona Corporation Commission still leaves your old LLC name in place everywhere else. Essentially, you’ve only changed your LLC name with one part of the state government, and you need to update it everywhere else.
Step 3: Change your Arizona LLC name with the IRS
After your new LLC name is approved, the next step is to update your Arizona LLC name with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This updates the name connected to your LLC’s EIN number.
We have step-by-step instructions here:
How to change LLC name with IRS
Step 4: Update your LLC’s Account with the Department of Revenue
After your new LLC name is approved, you need to update your business’s account with the state’s tax department (the Arizona Department of Revenue).
Typically, you can update your LLC name in one of three ways:
- by mail
- by phone
But it differs from state to state, so we recommend you call the Arizona Department of Revenue. You can ask about the process to update your business name.
Step 5: Update financial institutions with your new LLC name
Besides updating your Arizona LLC name with the IRS and Arizona Department of Revenue business tax department, you’ll also want to contact the following places and let them know about the name change.
- LLC business bank account
- business checks
- business debit card
- business credit cards
- Paypal or other online banking solutions
- business loans or lines of credit
- brokerage accounts
- bookkeeping software, like Quickbooks
Pro Tip: You don’t have to rush to update these the same day or even the same week. Your existing checks and credit cards will still work, but it’s important to eventually get everything updated to your new LLC name.
Step 6: Update or Get a New Business License
If you have a state business license or a local business permit, you’ll need to change the name on that license.
Sometimes that means applying for a new license and canceling the old one. Or sometimes you can just change the name on your existing license.
Arizona doesn’t have a general state business license requirement. But your LLC might have an industry- or occupation-specific license.
If that’s the case, contact your state licensing agency or licensing board for information on how to update the state business license. The Arizona Commerce Authority Business Licensing page has resources to help.
And contact your local government (like a city clerk or county clerk) for the process to update any local business permits. You should check with your Arizona County and your City or Town Office as well.
Step 7: Update marketing materials and other places with your new LLC name
Below are some examples of places to update with your new LLC name.
Branding and online presence:
- online stores (like eBay, Shopify, Amazon)
- website, domain registrar, hosting company
- letterhead, logos, invoices, contracts, and important documents
- social media accounts
Other government agencies:
- local tax office (ex: city, county, township)
- business licenses and permits
- sales tax permit
- utility companies
- Department of Labor (if you have employees)
Stay calm: Don’t stress out thinking you have to change your LLC name everywhere right away. That’s not the case. Take your time and do the important ones first. Give yourself a few days or a few weeks to get them all done. Technically, your old business name will still work for quite some time.
Update your Arizona LLC Operating Agreement
It’s a good idea to update the name on your LLC’s Operating Agreement. Don’t worry, this is a simple process. You can either:
- You can make a new version of the Operating Agreement you already have. Update the document with your new LLC name, and have the LLC Member(s) sign.
- Or, you can use our free template on Arizona LLC Operating Agreement to create a new Operating Agreement with the new LLC name.
Tip: This is a good opportunity to review the other sections in your Operating Agreement and make any needed updates there, too. Have the LLC Member(s) sign, and distribute copies like you did with your initial LLC Operating Agreement.
Change LLC Name in Arizona FAQs
How much does an LLC name change cost in Arizona?
An LLC name change in Arizona costs $25.
This is the filing fee for the Articles of Amendment, the official form used to change your Arizona LLC name.
If you’d like to learn about all the Arizona LLC costs, please see Arizona LLC Costs.
How many times can I change my Arizona LLC name?
You can change the name of your Arizona LLC as many times as you want. The state doesn’t care, as long as you pay the filing fee.
You’re allowed to change the name of your Limited Liability Company for any reason. The Amendment form doesn’t ask you why you want to change the name. No Arizona law limits when you can file an Amendment to change the name of a company.
Who can change the Arizona LLC name?
Generally speaking, the LLC Members (owners) can change the LLC’s name.
So, as long as all the LLC Members agree, you can go ahead and file the Amendment.
Technically, the LLC Members should vote to agree on the new name. However, a vote can be something informal, like an email or phone call.
Do I need a new EIN if I change the name of my Arizona LLC?
No, you don’t need a new EIN number.
Getting a new EIN Number will actually cause confusion at the IRS, and that can create issues for your business.
So don’t get a new EIN number for your LLC.
Instead, you will simply change your Arizona LLC name with the IRS (see above for instructions).
Do I need a lawyer to change the Arizona LLC legal name?
No, you don’t need to hire a lawyer. You can file the Articles of Amendment yourself or you can hire a company to do it for you.
If you want to hire a company, we recommend MyCompanyWorks.
Do I have to publish a notice about my new LLC name?
No, you don’t have to publish anything about a new LLC name. Arizona doesn’t have publication requirements for Articles of Amendment filings.
If you’re only changing your LLC’s name, you don’t need to repeat the Arizona Publication Requirement.
Source: Arizona Articles of Amendment Instructions
How do I change my LLC name in another state?
You can change an LLC name in any state. Click the link below to learn how to change your LLC’s name in that state.
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