Can I change the name of my LLC in Idaho?
Absolutely! You can easily change your Idaho LLC name.
The first step is to file a form called the Amendment to Certificate of Organization with the Secretary of State and wait for it to be approved. This is how you officially change your LLC name in Idaho.
The filing fee for the Amendment to Certificate of Organization in Idaho is $30.
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 Idaho business 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 Idaho?
- Check if your new LLC name is available
- File the Amendment form (and wait for approval)
- Update the IRS
- Update the Idaho State Tax Commission
- 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 Idaho?
It costs $30 to change your LLC name in Idaho. This is the online filing fee for the Amendment to Certificate of Organization form.
If you file by mail, the fee is $50 instead.
How do I change my Idaho LLC name?
In order to change your Idaho Limited Liability Company name, you must file the Amendment to Certificate of Organization with the Idaho Secretary of State. This officially updates your legal entity (your Limited Liability Company) on the state records.
Note: The Idaho Secretary of State is responsible for LLC formation and administration, including name changes.
We provide step-by-step instructions on how to file the Amendment to Certificate of Organization online. (Technically, you can also file by mail. However, it’s slower and more expensive. The state prefers online filings.)
Our instructions only describe how to change the LLC’s name. You may need other forms if you want to change your LLC’s Registered Agent, business structure, or other details.
Can I change my LLC name myself?
You can file the Amendment to Certificate of Organization yourself or you can hire a company to do this for you.
Because the Amendment filing in Idaho can be confusing and time consuming, many people choose to hire a company for help.
Step 1: Make sure your new Idaho LLC name is available
Before filing your Idaho amendment form (the Amendment to Certificate of Organization), you should check that your new LLC name is available in Idaho.
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 Idaho LLC name ahead of time using the state’s business entity search.
Check name availability: Our Idaho LLC Name page has information about how to use the business entity search tool. It also explains details about name rules in Idaho.
Step 2: File the Idaho LLC name change form
The Idaho LLC name change form is called the Amendment to Certificate of Organization.
(It’s called this because you’re amending your Idaho Certificate of Organization.)
How to file the Amendment to Certificate of Organization in Idaho
Go to the Idaho SOSBiz online filings site.
Login, or create an account if you don’t have one.
From the account dashboard, click Search from the right side menu.
Enter the first word or two of your LLC’s name into the Business Search
Click your LLC’s record. Then click the File Amendment button.
Tip: If you don’t see the File Amendment button, you’ll need to click the button to Request Access to your LLC. After you’re given access to file on the LLC’s behalf, come back and complete this process.
To change the LLC name, you need to click on the form Amendment to Certificate of Organization of Limited Liability Company.
Amendment to Certificate of Organization of Limited Liability
First, you’ll select a processing speed. This page tells you how fast each level is approved, and how much extra you’ll pay for expedited filing.
Most people choose Standard Processing for $30 and get their LLC name change approved within 2 weeks. If you want your name change approved more quickly, you can pay more for expedited filing.
The system shows your LLC’s current name and other business entity details. There’s nothing to do here. Scroll down to the Limited Liability Company Name section.
Limited Liability Company Name
First, the system asks whether you’ve already reserved a new name for your LLC.
Click “No”. Most people don’t reserve a name ahead of time (and it’s not required).
If you did reserve a name, click Yes and select the name from the dropdown menu.
The name of the limited liability company is:
Delete your existing LLC name from these fields. Then enter the new LLC name. Enter it in the field below to confirm.
Use the capitalization you want, and make sure you include a designator (like “LLC”).
Once you enter the name, the system will automatically check whether it’s available for use in Idaho.
If the name is available, the box will turn green with a checkmark next to the name:
If the name is not available for use in Idaho, the box will turn red with an X next to the name. In that case, you’ll need to enter a different name and try again.
Click Next Step to continue.
If you only need to change your LLC name, you can skip this section. Just click Next Step to continue.
Or, you can change your LLC’s street address and/or mailing address by making edits here.
Managers and Members
If you only need to change your LLC name, you can skip this section. Just click Next Step to continue.
Or, you can change the Members and/or Managers of your LLC here.
Remember: Idaho only requires you to list one Member or Manager. You don’t have to list everyone if you don’t want to.
Review the information you’ve entered. Go back to make any edits.
When everything looks good, click Next Step to continue.
Click the boxes to agree to the filings terms and conditions.
Signature of Authorized Person
Type your name to sign the filing. Enter today’s date.
Click File Online to proceed.
In the Cart that appears, click Pay with Credit Card to continue your filing.
Enter your credit card and billing information, and submit your payment to the state.
Congratulations! Your Idaho LLC amendment has been filed.
Wait for approval from the Secretary of State
After submitting your Amendment to Certificate of Organization to the state, please wait for approval.
Approval times vary, but on average, Idaho LLC amendments take 5-7 business days to be approved.
When you file online, you’ll receive your name change approval by email.
Reminder: Changing your LLC name with the Secretary 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 Idaho LLC name with the IRS
After your new LLC name is approved, the next step is to update your Idaho 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 State Tax Commission
After your new LLC name is approved, you need to update your business’s account with the state’s tax department (the Idaho State Tax Commission).
Note: In most states, it’s called the Department of Revenue or Department of Taxation. However, in Idaho it’s called the State Tax Commission, 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 Idaho Tax Commission. You can ask about the process to update your business name.
Step 5: Update financial institutions with your new LLC name
Besides updating your Idaho LLC name with the IRS and State Tax Commission 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.
Idaho 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: Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses.
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 the Idaho.gov Counties website, and you’ll need to look up your town or city, too.
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 Idaho 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 Idaho 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 Idaho FAQs
How much does an LLC name change cost in Idaho?
An LLC name change in Idaho costs $30.
This is the online filing fee for the Amendment to Certificate of Organization, the official form used to change your Idaho LLC name.
If you’d like to learn about all the Idaho LLC costs, please see Idaho LLC Costs.
Can I file my Idaho LLC name change by mail?
Yes, you can file the Amendment to Certificate of Organization by mail to change your Idaho LLC name.
There are two ways to file by mail:
- Download and complete the Amendment to Certificate of Organization form and mail it to the Secretary of State.
- Complete the online filing as described above. In the last step, choose to Print and Mail the form instead of filing online.
Note: Filing by mail costs more ($50).
How many times can I change my Idaho LLC name?
You can change the name of your Idaho 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 Idaho law limits when you can file an Amendment to change the name of a company.
Who can change the Idaho 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 Idaho 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 Idaho LLC name with the IRS (see above for instructions).
Do I need a lawyer to change the Idaho LLC legal name?
No, you don’t need to hire a lawyer. You can file the Amendment to Certificate of Organization 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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