Change LLC Name in New Mexico

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Can I change the name of my LLC in New Mexico?

Absolutely! You can easily change your New Mexico LLC name.

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

The filing fee for the Articles of Amendment in New Mexico 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 New Mexico company 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 New Mexico?

  1. Check if your new LLC name is available
  2. File the Amendment form (and wait for approval)
  3. Update the IRS
  4. Update New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department
  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 New Mexico?

It costs $50 to change your LLC name in New Mexico. This is the filing fee for the Articles of Amendment form.

How do I change my New Mexico LLC name?

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

Note: The New Mexico Secretary 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.

(In New Mexico, only certain business filings can be done online. Currently, the Secretary of State doesn’t accept name change Amendments through online filing. You can only file this by mail.)

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.

New Mexico allows a business owner to file their own Articles of Amendment.

But, because the New Mexico Amendment filing 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 New Mexico LLC name is available

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

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

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

Step 2: File the New Mexico LLC name change form

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

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

How to file the Articles of Amendment in New Mexico

Get Started

Go to the New Mexico Secretary of State Domestic LLC Forms page.

Click Articles of Amendment to download the PDF form.

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 using black ink.

Before you begin: You’ll need your New Mexico Business ID Number and the date your LLC’s Articles of Organization were originally filed.

Here’s how to get that information:

  1. Go to the New Mexico Business Entity Search.
  2. Enter the first word or two of your LLC’s name in the Entity Name field and click Search.
  3. Find your LLC in the search results and click on its name.

You will need this information to file the Articles of Amendment:

  • Business ID# (this will be a 7-digit number)
  • Date of Organization in NM (you may need to click the Formation Dates heading to see this information)

Article One

Enter your LLC’s Business ID Number, current Name, and any DBAs your LLC currently uses.

Email Address and Phone Number
These are optional. you can enter them, but they may go on public record if you do.

Article Two

Enter the Date your LLC’s original Articles of Organization were filed.

Article Three

In this section, you’ll describe the amended articles.

Enter this text:

Amending Article One: Changing name to [new name of LLC].

Just replace “[new name of LLC]” with the name you want to use. And make sure to include an appropriate designator (like “LLC”) at the end of your LLC’s name.

For example: Juan wants to change the name of his company to Justice Service LLC. In Article Three, he will type: “Amending Article One: Changing name to Justice Service LLC.”

Signature

Executed Date

Enter the date that you’re signing the Articles of Amendment document.

Future Effective Date

This is optional. If you leave it blank, your LLC name change will be effective when the Secretary of State approves the filing. Most people leave it blank.

Alternatively, you can enter a specific date here, up to 90 days in the future. In that case, your LLC name change will be effective on that date instead.

Signature of Member or Manager

Sign here after printing the form.

Printed Name and Title

Type or print your name. Enter your Title (Member or Manager).

If you’re not sure which title to use, check out LLC Officer Titles for more explanation.

Document Delivery Instruction Form

Make sure you fill out this extra page after the Articles of Amendment. This tells the Secretary of State where you send your approved Articles of Amendment after they’ve been filed.

You must enter a Name, Phone Number and Mailing Address.

The Email Address field is optional. If you provide an email address, the Secretary of State will email you the approval documents.

File by mail

  1. Prepare a check or money order for $50 payable to the “New Mexico Secretary of State”.
  2. Send the payment, the signed Articles of Amendment, and the completed Document Delivery Instruction Form to:

New Mexico Secretary of State
Business Services Division
325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300
Sante Fe, NM 87501

Wait for approval from the Secretary of State

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

Approval times vary, but on average, it takes 15-20 business days for your New Mexico business name change 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 New Mexico LLC name with the IRS

After your new LLC name is approved, the next step is to update your New Mexico 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 New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department

After your new LLC name is approved, you need to update your business’s account with the state’s tax department (the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department).

Note: In most states, it’s called the Department of Revenue or Department of Taxation. However, in New Mexico it’s called the Taxation and Revenue Department, and this is who you’ll update with your new LLC name.

Every Limited Liability Company in New Mexico must register with the Taxation and Revenue Department. The registration is free ($0) but you must keep it updated if your LLC name changes.

Typically, you can update your LLC name in one of three ways:

  • online
  • by mail
  • by phone

New Mexico prefers that you update your business name through the Taxpayer Access Point system. But there might be other places to update the name, so we recommend you call the Taxation & Revenue Department. You can ask about the process to update your business name.

Step 5: Update financial institutions with your new LLC name

Besides updating your New Mexico LLC name with the IRS and state Taxation and Revenue 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.

New Mexico 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 local clerk on the NM Municipal League: Municipal Websites list.

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 New Mexico 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 New Mexico 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 New Mexico FAQs

How much does an LLC name change cost in New Mexico?

An LLC name change in New Mexico costs $50.

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

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

Can I file my New Mexico LLC name change online?

No, you can’t file the Articles of Amendment online to change your New Mexico LLC name.

The New Mexico Secretary of State offers online filings for certain changes (like your LLC’s Registered Agent or business address). But they don’t allow name changes to be filed online. You must submit the paper form by mail.

How many times can I change my New Mexico LLC name?

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

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

Do I need a lawyer to change the New Mexico 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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