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Can I change the name of my LLC in Kansas?

Absolutely! You can easily change your Kansas LLC name.

The first step is to file a form called the Name Change Amendment with the Secretary of State and wait for it to be approved. This is how you officially change your LLC name in Kansas.

The filing fee for a Name Change Amendment in Kansas 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 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 Kansas?

  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 Kansas 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 Kansas?

It costs $30 to change your LLC name in Kansas. This is the filing fee for the Name Change Amendment form.

Note: If you file the Business Entity Certificate of Amendment by mail instead, the fee is $35.

How do I change my Kansas LLC name?

In order to change your LLC name, you must file a Name Change Amendment with the Kansas Secretary of State. This officially updates your legal entity (your Limited Liability Company) on the state records.

Note: The Kansas Secretary of State is responsible for LLC formation and administration, including name changes.

We provide step-by-step instructions on how to file the Name Change Amendment online. (Technically, you can also file by mail. However, it’s slower and the state prefers that you file online.)

Can I change my LLC name myself?

You can file the Name Change Amendment yourself or you can hire a company to do this for you.

Because the Amendment filing in Kansas 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 Kansas LLC name is available

Before filing your amendment form (the Name Change Amendment), you should check that your new LLC name is available in Kansas.

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

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

Step 2: File the Kansas LLC name change form

The Kansas LLC name change form is called the Name Change Amendment.

Note: There is a form called the Business Entity Certificate of Amendment, but that form is only required if you’re changing other information about your LLC.

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

How to file a Name Change Amendment in Kansas

Go to the Kansas Secretary of State online filing for a Name Change Amendment.

Tip: Don’t use your browser’s back button during the filing. Check the information you enter on each page carefully before moving to the next page.

First, you’ll look up your existing business entity.

Enter your LLC’s name and click Continue to search.

Confirmation of Entity

This page shows your LLC’s name and entity number. Make sure this shows the correct entity.

Click the button for “Yes” to confirm that you want to amend the LLC’s name.

Click Continue to proceed.

Name Availability

This page is split into two halves: use the box on the right (“Name Reserved”) if you reserved a business name already. Use the box on the left if you didn’t reserve a name (“Name Not Reserved”).

Tip: Most people don’t reserve a name ahead of time. It’s not required in Kansas.

Name Not Reserved

Enter the LLC name you want to use here.

Make sure to include the designator (like “LLC”).

In Kansas, you can use the following designators:

  • LC
  • L.C.
  • LLC
  • L.L.C.
  • Limited Company
  • Limited Liability Company

Click Continue.

The system will check if your new LLC name is available for use.

If your name is available, you can click Continue again to proceed.

If the new name is not available for use in Kansas, you’ll need to enter a different name:

  • Click “Try a Different Name
  • Enter a different new LLC name in the Name Not Reserved box
  • Click Continue to check availability again

Name Reserved
If you reserved a name, enter the name reservation ID Number into the Name Reserved field on the right.

Enter your name to confirm you want to use the reserved name.

(Don’t type anything in the Name Not Reserved field on the left.)

Click Continue.

Review, Edit and/or Confirm

This will show you the current LLC name and the new LLC name.

Review the information you entered. If you need to edit the new LLC name, click the New Business Entity Name link to go back to the Name Availability page.

If everything looks good, click Continue.

Notifications & Signature

Notification Emails
Enter your email address to receive notifications from the Secretary of State about this filing.

You must enter at least one email address here. But don’t worry, this email address won’t go on public record.

Signature
Type your name in the Authorized Person field to sign the filing.

Click the I Agree button to confirm you have legal authority to file the Amendment.

Payment Information

Click the button for your preferred payment method: Credit Card or Electronic Check.

Then enter your payment information to submit the filing.

Download approval from the Secretary of State

After submitting your Name Change Amendment to the state, you will see a confirmation page. You can download or print your name change approval from that page.

We recommend that you print both the certified Name Change Amendment and the confirmation cover letter.

The Kansas Secretary of State doesn’t mail you anything when you file the Name Change Amendment online, so make sure you download or print the documents.

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 Kansas LLC name with the IRS

After your new LLC name is approved, the next step is to update your Kansas 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 Kansas 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 Kansas LLC name with the IRS and Kansas 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:

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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.

Kansas 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: KSBiz Business Licenses and Permits.

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 Kansas Association of Counties website, and you’ll need to look up your town or city in Kansas, too.

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 Kansas 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 Kansas 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 Kansas FAQs

How much does an LLC name change cost in Kansas?

An LLC name change in Kansas costs $30.

This is the filing fee for the Name Change Amendment, the official form used to change your Kansas LLC name.

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

Can I file my Kansas LLC name change by mail?

Yes, you can file a Business Entity Certificate of Amendment by mail to change your Kansas LLC name. This form is a bit more complicated than the Name Change Amendment filing we described above.

Download and complete the Certificate of Amendment form and mail to the Secretary of State.

How many times can I change my Kansas LLC name?

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

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

Do I need a lawyer to change the Kansas LLC legal name?

No, you don’t need to hire a lawyer. You can file the Name Change 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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