Can I change the name of my LLC in Minnesota?
Absolutely! You can easily change your Minnesota LLC name.
The first step is to file a form called the Amendment to Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State and wait for it to be approved. This is how you officially change your LLC name in Minnesota.
The filing fee for the Amendment to Articles of Organization in Minnesota is $50.
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 Minnesota?
- Check if your new LLC name is available
- File the Amendment form (and wait for approval)
- Update the IRS
- Update the Minnesota 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 Minnesota?
It costs $50 to change your LLC name in Minnesota. This is the online filing fee for the Amendment to Articles of Organization form.
Note: If you file by mail, you save a little money but the approval time is longer. The filing fee by mail is $35. But approval takes 11-12 business days (plus mail time).
Instead, online filing approval only takes 1-3 business days and costs just $15 more.
How do I change my Minnesota LLC name?
In order to change your LLC name, you must file the Amendment to Articles of Organization with the Minnesota Secretary of State. This officially updates your legal business entity (your Limited Liability Company) on the state records.
Note: The Minnesota Secretary of State is responsible for LLC formation and administration, including name changes.
The Amendment to Articles of Organization is a PDF download. After you complete the form, you can file it online or by mail.
Can I change my LLC name myself?
You can file the Amendment to Articles of Organization yourself or you can hire a company to do this for you.
Because the Amendment filing in Minnesota can be confusing and time consuming, many people choose to hire a company for help.
Step 1: Make sure your new Minnesota LLC name is available
Before filing your amendment form (the Amendment to Articles of Organization), you should check that your new LLC name is available in Minnesota.
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 Minnesota LLC name ahead of time using the state’s business entity search.
Check name availability: Our Minnesota LLC Name page has information about how to use the business entity search tool. It also explains details about name rules in Minnesota.
Step 2: File the Minnesota LLC name change form
The Minnesota LLC name change form is called the Amendment to Articles of Organization.
(It’s called this because you’re amending your Minnesota Articles of Organization.)
How to complete the Amendment to Articles of Organization in Minnesota
Get started: Download the Amendment to Articles of Organization form.
Tip: You can complete this form on your computer (type it) and then print it out to sign. Or, you can print it out and complete it by hand with black ink.
1. List the name of this company currently on file
Enter your LLC’s current name. (Not the name you want to change it to).
Note: These step-by-step instructions only describe how to change your LLC name. You can use the Amendment to Articles of Organization form to make other changes to your LLC, as well. We keep it simple by only discussing the name change process.
3. The company name is changed to:
Enter the new LLC name. Make sure to include a designator (like “LLC” or “Limited Liability Company”).
Leave items 4, 5, 6 and 7 blank.
If you’re only changing your LLC name and not making any other changes, leave these items blank.
Enter the date.
After you print out the form, sign it.
Email Address for Official Notices
Enter an email address where the Secretary of State can send official notices.
You must provide a name and phone number here. This is who the Secretary of State will contact if they have questions about the Amendment filing. Don’t worry, this information doesn’t go on public record.
Agricultural Land Interests
Answer this question about whether your LLC owns interest in agricultural land.
Now you’re ready to file the Amendment. You can upload it to the Minnesota online filing system, or send it in via mail.
We have step-by-step instructions for both methods below.
Minnesota Amendment to Articles of Organization Filing Methods
You can file the Minnesota Amendment to Articles of Organization online or by mail.
File by mail
- Prepare a check or money order for $35 payable to the “MN Secretary of State”.
- Send the payment, and the signed Amendment to Articles of Organization, to:
Minnesota Secretary of State – Business Services
First National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite N201
Saint Paul, MN 55101
File online using Minnesota Business Online Filings
First: Scan and save the document as a PDF.
The online filing system only accepts PDF format documents.
Go to the Minnesota Business Filings Online website.
To get started, click Sign In and login to your Minnesota Business Filings Online account. If you don’t have an account, create one now.
On your account dashboard, find the Business box. Under the File heading, click the button for New Business, Amendment, Annual Renewal or Reinstatement.
Find your LLC’s Record
Next, find your LLC’s record. Enter the first word or two of your LLC’s name in the Business Name field and click Search.
Find your LLC in the search results. Click Details.
The page will show you the business record details for your LLC. At the top are several buttons. Click File Amendment / Renewal.
Renewals & Amendments
This page lists all the available amendments that you can file. Click the link for “Amendment – Limited Liability Company (Domestic)“.
Express Business Filing
Download Filing Documents
You don’t need to do anything here. You’ve already downloaded and completed the Amendment to Articles of Organization form.
Upload the Completed Document
Click Upload File, and locate the Amendment to Articles of Organization form on your computer.
This is automatically completed with your account information. You can change the contact information if you want the filing confirmation to go to someone else.
Express Filing Review
Confirm the information you entered is correct. Click Submit to proceed.
You’ll see an Order Number on this page. Don’t stop here – you must pay the filing fee for your Amendment to be submitted.
Click Continue to Make Payment.
Now you’ll be redirected to the payment processor. Click the link to Pay Without Registering.
Enter your billing information and credit card details. Then submit your payment to the state.
Wait for approval from the Secretary of State
After submitting your Amendment to Articles of Organization to the state, please wait for approval.
Approval times vary, but it usually only takes 1-3 business days for your Minnesota business name change to be approved when filed online.
When you file online, you’ll receive your name change approval by email.
Approval times vary, but on average, it takes 11-12 business days (plus mail time) for your Minnesota business name change to be approved when you file by mail..
When you file by mail, you’ll receive a stamped, approved copy of the Amendment to Articles of Organization back in the mail.
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 Minnesota LLC name with the IRS
After your new LLC name is approved, the next step is to update your Minnesota 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 Minnesota Department of Revenue).
Note: In most states, it’s called the Department of Revenue or Department of Taxation. In Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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.
Minnesota 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 via this list of Minnesota County Websites, and 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota FAQs
How much does an LLC name change cost in Minnesota?
An LLC name change in Minnesota costs $50.
This is the online filing fee for the Amendment to Articles of Organization, the official form used to change your Minnesota LLC name.
If you’d like to learn about all the Minnesota LLC costs, please see Minnesota LLC Costs.
Can I file my Minnesota LLC name change by mail?
Yes, you can file the Amendment to Articles of Organization by mail to change your Minnesota LLC name.
Download and complete the Amendment to Articles of Organization form and mail to the Secretary of State.
How many times can I change my Minnesota LLC name?
You can change the name of your Minnesota 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 Minnesota law limits when you can file an Amendment to change the name of a company.
Who can change the Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota LLC name with the IRS (see above for instructions).
Do I need a lawyer to change the Minnesota LLC legal name?
No, you don’t need to hire a lawyer. You can file the Amendment to Articles 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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