Can I change the name of my LLC in the District of Columbia?
Absolutely! You can easily change your District of Columbia LLC name.
The first step is to file a form called the Certificate of Amendment with the DLCP and wait for it to be approved. This is how you officially change your LLC name in Washington DC.
The filing fee for a Certificate of Amendment in DC is $220.
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 the District of Columbia?
- Check if your new LLC name is available
- File the Amendment form (and wait for approval)
- Update the IRS
- Update the DC Office of Tax and 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 DC?
It costs $220 to change your LLC name in Washington DC. This is the filing fee for the Certificate of Amendment form.
The fee is the same whether you file the form online or by mail.
How do I change my District of Columbia LLC name?
In order to change your LLC name, you must file a Certificate of Amendment with the DLCP. This officially updates your legal entity (your Limited Liability Company) on the state records.
Note: The District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP) is responsible for LLC formation and administration, including name changes. The DLCP was called the “Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs” until they reorganized in 2022.
We provide step-by-step instructions on how to file the Certificate of Amendment online. (Technically, you can also file by mail. However, it’s slower and the state prefers online filings.)
Can I change my LLC name myself?
You can file the Certificate of Amendment yourself or you can hire a company to do this for you.
Because the Amendment filing in the District of Columbia can be confusing and time consuming, many people choose to hire a company for help.
Step 1: Make sure your new DC LLC name is available
Before filing your amendment form (the Certificate of Amendment), you should check that your new LLC name is available in the District of Columbia.
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 Washington DC LLC name ahead of time using the state’s business entity search.
Check name availability: Our District of Columbia LLC Name page has information about how to use the business entity search tool. It also explains details about name rules in the District of Columbia.
Step 2: File the DC LLC name change form
The Washington DC LLC name change form is called the Certificate of Amendment for Domestic Limited Liability Company (Form DLC-2).
(It’s called this because you’re amending your DC Articles of Organization. And the District of Columbia LLC Articles of Organization are what officially created the company originally.)
How to file a Certificate of Amendment in the District of Columbia
First, go to the CorpOnline website. Login with your AccessDC credentials, or create an account if you don’t have one.
From your dashboard, click Other Online Services.
Find your LLC
Now you’ll look up your LLC’s record. Enter the first word or two of your LLC’s name and click Search.
Click on your LLC’s name in the search results.
Business Filings Online Services
Click on the form “DLC-2 Articles of Amendment Web”.
There’s nothing to do on this page. It simply gives you general information about the requirements for the Certificate of Amendment form.
This shows your LLC’s current name. Delete the text in this field.
Then enter your new LLC name.
Select the designator you want to use from the dropdown menu.
Tip: Most people choose “LLC”.
This page is optional. If your LLC’s address hasn’t changed, you can click Continue without making any edits here.
If you want to update your LLC’s principal office or registered mailing addresses, do that here.
Here, you’ll describe the amendment you’re making.
Enter this text:
Amending Article 1. Company Name. The legal name of the Limited Liability Company is amended to: [new name of LLC].
Just replace “[new name of LLC]” with the name you want to use. Make sure it matches what you entered on the Business Information page, and include the designator (like “LLC”).
For example: Jamal wants to change the name of his company to Lincoln Designs, LLC. In the Description box, he will type: “Amending Article 1. Company Name. The legal name of the Limited Liability Company is amended to: Lincoln Designs, LLC.”
You can skip this step. If you entered text in the Description box on the previous page, you don’t need to upload a file.
Note: If your business attorney provided you an Amendment document to upload, you would do that here. But that’s rare. Most people just skip this step and enter the text on the previous page.
Amendment Effective Date
This is automatically set to the day you’re filing the Amendment. That means your Name Change will take effect when the DLCP approves your filing.
If you want to change the effective date, you can set it for up to 90 days in the future. Most people leave it set to the filing date.
This page is simply asking you to confirm that you’re authorized to file a document for the LLC.
The system will list the LLC Member(s) or Manager(s) on file with the DLCP. You don’t have to be listed here to file the Amendment.
Your DC LLC name change will be processed in 5 business days. If you need it faster, you can choose to pay extra for expedited filing.
If you’re okay with the regular approval time, just leave the dropdown menu set to “None” and click Continue.
Check the information to be sure your LLC’s new name and other details are correct.
Enter your credit card or debit card information and submit your payment for $220 (plus expedited fees, if applicable).
Congratulations! Your District of Columbia LLC Name Change has been submitted to the DLCP.
Wait for approval from the DLCP
After submitting your Certificate of Amendment to the state, please wait for approval.
Approval times vary, but on average, it takes 5 business days for your DC business name change to be approved.
When you file online, you’ll receive your name change approval by email.
Reminder: Changing your LLC name with the DLCP 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 DC LLC name with the IRS
After your new LLC name is approved, the next step is to update your DC 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 Office of Tax and Revenue
After your new LLC name is approved, you need to update your business’s account with the state’s tax department (the DC Office of Tax and Revenue).
Note: In most states, it’s called the Department of Revenue or Department of Taxation. However, in DC it’s called the Office of Tax and Revenue, and this is who you’ll update with your new LLC name.
Typically, you can update your LLC name in one of three ways:
- online through MyTaxDC
- by mail
- by phone
But it differs from state to state, so we recommend you call the Office of Tax and 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 DC LLC name with the IRS and Office of Tax and Revenue, 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 New DC Business Licenses
Every LLC in Washington DC must have two business licenses: a Basic Business License and a Home Occupation Permit or Certificate of Occupancy. So after changing your LLC’s name, you must update your LLC’s Basic Business License and its Home Occupation Permit or Certificate of Occupancy.
Basic Business License
You must obtain a new Basic Business License for the new business name. Check out the DLCP’s Obtain a Basic Business License page for more information.
The Basic Business License is administered by the DLCP Business License Division. Contact them if you have questions about the process.
Certificate of Occupancy or Home Occupation Permit
The Certificate of Occupancy and Home Occupation Permit programs are administered by the Department of Buildings. You should contact the Zoning Division to find out whether you need a new permit or if you can update your existing permit.
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 District of Columbia 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 DC 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 DC FAQs
How much does an LLC name change cost in DC?
An LLC name change in Washington DC costs $220.
This is the filing fee for the Certificate of Amendment, the official form used to change your Washington DC LLC name.
If you’d like to learn about all the District of Columbia LLC costs, please see DC LLC Costs.
Can I file my DC LLC name change by mail?
Yes, you can file the Certificate of Amendment by mail to change your Washington DC LLC name.
Download and complete the Certificate of Amendment form and mail to the DLCP.
How many times can I change my DC LLC name?
You can change the name of your District of Columbia 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 District of Columbia Amendment form doesn’t ask you why you want to change the name. No DC law limits when you can file an Amendment to change the name of a company.
Who can change the District of Columbia 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 District of Columbia 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 DC LLC name with the IRS (see above for instructions).
Do I need a lawyer to change the District of Columbia LLC legal name?
No, you don’t need to hire a lawyer. You can file the Certificate of Amendment yourself or you can hire a company to do it for you.
If you want to hire a company, we recommend MyCompanyWorks.
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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