Can I change the name of my LLC in Florida?
Absolutely! You can easily change your Florida LLC name.
The first step is to file a form called the Articles of Amendment with the Department of State and wait for it to be approved. This is how you officially change your LLC name in Florida.
The filing fee for the Articles of Amendment in Florida 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 Florida?
- Check if your new LLC name is available
- File the Amendment form (and wait for approval)
- Update the IRS
- Update the Florida 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 Florida?
It costs $25 to change your LLC name in Florida. 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 Florida LLC name?
In order to change your LLC name, you must file the Articles of Amendment with the Florida Department of State. This officially updates your legal entity (your Limited Liability Company) on the state records.
Note: The Florida Department of State is responsible for LLC formation and administration, including name changes.
We provide step-by-step instructions on how to file the Articles of Amendment by mail. (The online filing system only has certain Florida LLC forms available. Unfortunately, you can’t file the Florida LLC Amendment online yet.)
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 Florida can be confusing and time consuming, many people choose to hire a company for help.
Step 1: Make sure your new Florida LLC name is available
Before filing your amendment form (the Articles of Amendment), you should check that your new LLC name is available in Florida.
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 Florida LLC name ahead of time using the state’s business entity search.
Check name availability: Our Florida LLC Name page has information about how to use the business entity search tool. It also explains details about name rules in Florida.
Step 2: File the Florida LLC name change form
The Florida LLC change of name form is called the Articles of Amendment to Articles of Organization of a Limited Liability Company.
(It’s called this because you’re amending your Florida Articles of Organization.)
How to file Articles of Amendment in Florida
First, download the Articles of Amendment form.
Pro Tip: The Florida Articles of Amendment PDF is a 6-page packet. Pages 1 and 2 are just information about the filing.
Page 1: Instructions
This page has information about filing fees and processes. But don’t worry: we’ll walk you through everything you need to know on this website.
Page 2: 605.0202 Amendment of Articles of Organization
This page is a copy of a part of the Florida LLC Act. You can ignore it.
Page 3: Cover Letter
Enter your LLC’s current name. (Not the new name you want to use.)
Contact Information (Where to send the approval)
Enter your contact information. This tells the Department of State where to send the approved name change documents.
Email: This is optional. You can leave it blank. If you enter an email, the Department of State will send you notifications about the Florida LLC Annual Report.
Contact Information (For questions)
Enter your name again, and your phone number. This tells the Department of State who to call if they have questions about your Amendment filing.
Filing Fee Enclosed
Check the box for the filing fee amount you’re paying. If you aren’t adding any extra services, check the first box for the $25 Articles of Amendment Fee.
If you want other services like a Certificate of Status or Certified Copies of the Articles of Amendment, check the appropriate box here. Most people don’t order these.
These forms and copies aren’t necessary – you don’t need them to update your bank or anywhere else. But some people like to have a copy with the more official-looking state seal, and that’s okay.
The Certificate and Copies cost extra, so your filing fee will be different. Note that you’ll also need to include duplicate copies of the Articles of Amendment if you request Certified Copies.
Articles of Amendment (Page 1)
This is page 4 of the PDF packet.
Articles of Amendment to Articles of Organization of…
Enter your current LLC name at the top.
Before you continue:
For the next two items, you’ll need to look up your LLC’s record on the Florida Business Entity Search.
First, go to the SunBiz Corporations Search.
Enter the first word or two of your LLC’s name and click Search. Click your LLC’s name in the search results.
For the Articles of Amendment form, you’ll need these 2 pieces of information:
- Document Number
- Date Filed
On the Articles of Amendment form, enter the Date Filed and Document Number in the first sentence.
A. Name and Address
If amending name, enter the new name of the limited liability company here:
Enter the new LLC name, and include the designator.
Enter new principal office address, if applicable:
You can also enter a new principal office address, if you need to. Otherwise, leave this blank to keep the same address.
Enter new mailing address, if applicable:
You can also enter a new mailing address for your LLC, if you need to. Otherwise, leave this blank to keep the same address.
B. Registered Agent
You can change your LLC’s registered agent here, if you want to. Otherwise, leave this blank to keep the same Florida Registered Agent.
Note: If you do change the Registered Agent, the new Registered Agent must sign the form to agree.
Articles of Amendment (Page 2)
This is page 5 of the PDF packet.
C. Authorized Persons
This page is optional.
If you don’t need to make changes to your LLC’s Managers or Members, leave this page blank to keep things the same.
Or, you can add, change or remove Managers and Authorized Members. (Learn more about these terms: Member-managed vs. Manager-managed LLC)
Articles of Amendment (Page 3)
This is page 6 of the PDF packet.
D. Other Amendments
Most people leave this blank. You don’t need to add anything here unless you’ve been instructed to (usually by your business attorney).
E. Effective date if other than date of filing (optional)
If you leave this blank, your Florida LLC name change will be effective when the Department of State approves it. (Most people choose this option).
Or, you can enter a specific date in the future. It can’t be more than 90 days out.
Enter the date and your name.
After you print out the form, sign it.
Any authorized representative of the LLC can sign the form (that could be either a Member, a Manager, or just an authorized person).
File your Florida LLC Name Change by mail
- Prepare a check or money order payable to the “Florida Department of State”.
- Send the payment, and the signed Articles of Amendment, to:
Division of Corporations
PO Box 6327
Tallahassee FL 32314
Wait for approval from the Department of State
After submitting your Articles of Amendment to the state, please wait for approval.
Approval times vary, but on average, it takes 12 business days (plus mail time) for your Florida business name change to be approved.
When you file by mail, you’ll get a stamped and approved copy of your filing back in the mail.
Reminder: Changing your LLC name with the Department of State 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 Florida LLC name with the IRS
After your new LLC name is approved, the next step is to update your Florida 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 Department of Revenue).
Note: In most states, it’s called the Department of Revenue or Department of Taxation. In Florida it’s called the Department of 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:
- by mail
- by phone
But it differs from state to state, so we recommend you call the 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 Florida LLC name with the IRS and 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.
Florida 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:
And contact your local government (like a city clerk or county clerk) for the process to update any local business permits. You can find your county clerk on this list of Florida County Governments. And you’ll need to look up your town or city, too: Florida Cities.
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 Florida 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 Florida 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 Florida FAQs
How much does an LLC name change cost in Florida?
An LLC name change in Florida costs $25.
This is the filing fee for the Articles of Amendment, the official form used to change your Florida LLC name.
If you’d like to learn about all the Florida LLC costs, please see Florida LLC Costs.
Can I file my Florida LLC name change online?
No, you can’t currently file the Articles of Amendment online to change your Florida LLC name.
Florida does have an online document filing system called Sunbiz, but the Articles of Amendment form isn’t currently available for filing online.
How many times can I change my Florida LLC name?
You can change the name of your Florida 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 Florida law limits when you can file an Amendment to change the name of a company.
Who can change the Florida 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 Florida 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 Florida LLC name with the IRS (see above for instructions).
Do I need a lawyer to change the Florida 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.
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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