Change LLC Name in Indiana

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Can I change the name of my LLC in Indiana?

Absolutely! You can easily change your Indiana LLC name.

The first step is to file a form called the Articles of Amendment with the Business Services Division and wait for it to be approved. This is how you officially change your LLC name in Indiana.

The filing fee for the Articles of Amendment in Indiana is $20.

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 Indiana?

  1. Check if your new LLC name is available
  2. File the Amendment form (and wait for approval)
  3. Update the IRS
  4. Update the Indiana Department of Revenue
  5. Update financial institutions (credit card companies, banks)
  6. Update business licenses
  7. Update other places (branding materials, business accounts, etc.)

How much does it cost to change an LLC name in Indiana?

It costs $20 to change your LLC name in Indiana. 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 Indiana LLC name?

In order to change your LLC name, you must file the Articles of Amendment with the Indiana Business Services Division (INBiz). This officially updates your legal entity (your Limited Liability Company) on the state records.

Note: The Indiana Secretary of State – Business Services Division is responsible for LLC formation and administration, including name changes.

We provide step-by-step instructions on how to file the Articles 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 Articles of Amendment yourself or you can hire a company to do this for you.

Because the Amendment filing in Indiana can be confusing and time consuming, many people choose to hire a company for help.

Need to save time? We recommend hiring MyCompanyWorks ($99 + state fee) to file your LLC name change.

Step 1: Make sure your new Indiana LLC name is available

Before filing your amendment form (the Articles of Amendment), you should check that your new LLC name is available in Indiana.

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 Indiana LLC name ahead of time using the state’s business entity search.

Check name availability: Our Indiana LLC Name page has information about how to use the business entity search tool. It also explains details about name rules in Indiana.

Step 2: File the Indiana LLC name change form

The Indiana LLC name change form is called the Articles of Amendment.

(It’s called this because you’re amending your Indiana Articles of Organization.)

How to file the Articles of Amendment in Indiana

First, go to the INBiz Online Business Filings page.

Click the banner for Update My Business, and then the Update Now button.

You’ll need to sign in with Access Indiana, or create an account if you don’t have one.

Tip: If you just created an account, the dashboard can be confusing. It’s easier to just go back to the Business Filings page and click the Update Now button again.

Secretary of State Business Services Division
Click “Business Amendment”.

My Businesses

If you use this account to file your LLC, it should appear here.

Otherwise, enter the name of your LLC in Business Name and click Search.

Click the Select button next to your LLC’s name in the results.

Click Next to continue.

Business Information

This section shows your LLC’s current information. There’s nothing to do here.

Email Address Information

Leave this blank if there’s no change.

If you want to provide a different email address, add it here.

Effective Date

This is automatically set to today (the date you’re filing the Amendment). That means your LLC name change will go into effect when the Secretary of State approves the filing. Most people choose this option.

Alternatively, you can select a specific date up to 90 days in the future for your name change to go into effect. In that case, change the date to your chosen effective date.

Amendments

Click the box(es) for what you want to Amend.

Note: Our instructions only explain how to change your LLC name. You can use this Amendment filing to change other things (like the Registered Agent, principal office address, mailing address, or principal or officer information).

But we keep it simple and focus our instructions on the name change process.

Click the box for Business Name Change.

Article
This is automatically set to Article 1. Don’t change anything.

Date of adoption
Enter the date the LLC Members voted to approve the name change. Remember, the vote can be informal (like a conference call or group email conversation).
To keep things simple, you can just enter yesterday’s date.

New Business Name
Enter the new LLC name, and include the designator.

In Indiana, you can use the following designators (endings):

  • LLC (most common)
  • L L C
  • L.L.C.
  • Limited Liability Company

Click Check Availability.
You should get a message that the name appears to be available.

If you get a message that your new name is not available for use, you’ll need to enter a different name.

Click Next to continue.

Attachments

If you’re just changing your LLC name, there are no required attachments. You can skip this section.

Click Next to continue.

Business Amendment

This page shows the information you’ve entered. Confirm everything is correct, or click Edit next to any sections that need fixed.

Click Next to continue.

Signature

Click all 4 boxes to confirm the filing and agree to the terms.

Type your name in the Signature field to electronically sign the filing.

Select your Title from the dropdown menu.

  • If you’re a business owner of the LLC, choose “Member”.
  • If you don’t own the LLC but manage the business, choose “Manager”.
  • If you’re not a Member or Manager, but are authorized to file on the LLC’s behalf, choose “Authorized Agent“.

(Confused by these terms? Check out LLC Officer Titles for more information.)

Payment

Click Add to Payment Cart to continue

Click Checkout to proceed to payment.

Now enter your credit card and billing information.

Click Continue to submit online payment to the state.

Wait for approval from the Business Services Division

After submitting your Articles of Amendment to the state, please wait for approval.

Approval times vary, but on average, your Indiana business name change will be approved in 1 business day.

When you file online, you’ll receive your name change approval by email.

Reminder: Changing your LLC name with the Business Services Division by filing Articles of Amendment 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 Indiana LLC name with the IRS

After your new LLC name is approved, the next step is to update your Indiana 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 Indiana 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:

  • online
  • 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 Indiana 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.

Financial institutions:

Matt Horwitz, founder of LLC University®
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.

Indiana 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: Indiana Professional Licensing Agencies.

And contact your local government (like a city clerk or county clerk) for the process to update any local business permits. You’ll need to look up your county recorder and town/city clerk.

Step 7: Update marketing materials and other places with your new LLC name

Tip: We recommend making a spreadsheet to keep track of everything. Enter the place you are changing your LLC name, their contact information, and maybe a notes section. Here’s an LLC name change checklist that you can use: Google Docs | Excel

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

Professional services:

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 Indiana 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 Indiana 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 Indiana FAQs

How much does an LLC name change cost in Indiana?

An LLC name change in Indiana costs $20.

This is the filing fee for the Articles of Amendment, the official form used to change your Indiana LLC name.

If you’d like to learn about all the Indiana LLC costs, please see Indiana LLC Costs.

Can I file my Indiana LLC name change by mail?

Yes, you can file the Articles of Amendment by mail to change your Indiana LLC name.

Download and complete the Articles of Amendment form and mail to the Business Services Division.

How many times can I change my Indiana LLC name?

You can change the name of your Indiana 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 Indiana law limits when you can file an Amendment to change the name of a company.

Who can change the Indiana 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 Indiana 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 Indiana LLC name with the IRS (see above for instructions).

Do I need a lawyer to change the Indiana 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.

Need to save time? We recommend hiring MyCompanyWorks ($99 + state fee) to file your LLC name change.

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.

 
Matt Horwitz
Matt Horwitz
Matt Horwitz is the leading expert on LLC education, and has been teaching for 15 years. He founded LLC University in 2010 after realizing people needed simple and actionable instructions to start an LLC. He's cited by Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and the US Chamber of Commerce, and was featured by CNBC and InventRight.
 
Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree in business from Drexel University with a concentration in business law. He performs extensive research and analysis to convert state laws into simple instructions anyone can follow to form their LLC - all for free! Read more about Matt Horwitz and LLC University.

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