Can I change the name of my LLC in Pennsylvania?
Absolutely! You can easily change your Pennsylvania LLC name.
The first step is to file a form called the Certificate of Amendment with the Bureau of Corporations and wait for it to be approved. This is how you officially change your LLC name in Pennsylvania.
The filing fee for a Certificate of Amendment in Pennsylvania is $70.
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 Pennsylvania?
- Check if your new LLC name is available
- File the Amendment form (and wait for approval)
- Update the IRS
- Update the Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania?
It costs $70 to change your LLC name in Pennsylvania. This is the filing fee for the Certificate of Amendment form.
The fee is the same whether you file the form online or by mail.
How do I change my Pennsylvania LLC name?
In order to change your LLC name, you must file a Certificate of Amendment with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations This officially updates your legal entity (your Limited Liability Company) on the state records.
Note: The Pennsylvania Department of State – Bureau of Corporations is responsible for LLC formation and administration, including name changes.
We provide step-by-step instructions on how to file the Certificate 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 Certificate of Amendment yourself or you can hire a company to do this for you.
The Corporation Bureau in PA allows a business owner to file legal documents themselves.
But, because the Amendment filing in Pennsylvania can be confusing and time consuming, many people choose to hire a company for help.
Step 1: Make sure your new Pennsylvania LLC name is available
Before filing your Pennsylvania amendment form (the Certificate of Amendment), you should check that your new LLC name is available in Pennsylvania.
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 Pennsylvania LLC name ahead of time using the state’s business entity search.
Check name availability: Our Pennsylvania LLC Name page has information about how to use the business entity search tool. It also explains details about name rules in Pennsylvania.
Step 2: File the Pennsylvania LLC name change form
The Pennsylvania LLC name change form is called the Certificate of Amendment.
(It’s called this because you’re amending your Pennsylvania Certificate of Organization.)
How to file a Certificate of Amendment in Pennsylvania
In order to file a Certificate of Amendment online, you must have a Keystone Login.
Prior to Keystone Login, the old method of online filing was to just have a PENN File account. Since May 2020, Pennsylvania now requires everyone to create a Keystone Login. And PENN File has been replaced by the new Business Filing Services system.
Step 1 – Create a Login and Request Access
1. Create a Keystone Login
If you don’t have a Keystone Login, visit PA Business One-Stop Hub and click “Register”.
(If you already have a Keystone Login, simply login and skip to #3 Request Access below.)
After registering, you’ll see a success message at the top (in a small green bar).
Next, you’ll need to go to your email and click the verification link.
After doing that, you should see this success message:
Click the “here to Login” link and then login.
2. Choose the purpose of your visit
You’ll see a pop-up with several buttons to choose what type of filer you are. Select “Business Owner”.
Scroll down and click Department of State’s Business Filing Services (aka PA DOS BFS):
You will now be on the main dashboard for your Business Filings Services account. From here, you can manage your business filings.
3. Request Access to your LLC
Before getting started, you’ll need to request access to your LLC. Luckily, it’s a simple system that sends a PIN to your email address.
First, search for your LLC in the Business Search. Click on your LLC Name in the list.
Then click the “Request Access” button.
Next, click the buttons to agree to the statements in the pop-up window confirming you’re an authorized person. Click “Request PIN“.
Leave the Business Filing Services tab open in your browser, and check your email in another tab.
Sometimes the PIN arrives in a few minutes, sometimes it takes up to 4 hours. It’s easiest to copy and paste the PIN from your email, since it can be a combination of letters and numbers and is case-sensitive.
Go back to the Business Filing Services tab.
Pro Tip: Don’t worry if you closed the Business Filing Services window by mistake. Just repeat the process: login to Business Filing Services, search for your LLC, and click “Request Access” again. That will bring you back to this screen and you can continue where you left off.
Click the buttons to accept the terms and confirm you’re an authorized user. Then enter the PIN from your email. Click “Get Access” to continue.
The popup window will change to show you a list of the authorized users for the company. You don’t need to do anything on this screen.
Click the ‘x’ in the top right corner to close this window. Make sure you don’t click “Revoke”, because that will undo the authorization process you just finished.
Step 2 – File the Certificate of Amendment
If your LLC’s company record isn’t already pulled up, search for your LLC name and click it in the results list.
Click the “File Amendment” button.
Next, select “Certificate of Amendment – Domestic Limited Partnership / Limited Liability Company” from the list of available forms.
The instructions below will walk you through filing the Certificate of Amendment step-by-step.
This is pre-filled with your LLC’s File Number, current name, and company type.
Change Business Subtype
Check the box for “I do not want to change the subtype of the association.”
This would let you change your LLC to a Professional LLC or other type of LLC. This is not common, and is not how you change the name of your LLC.
Limited Liability Company Name
Check the box for “I want to change the name.”
A previously filed reserved name will be used for this filing.
Next, the system will ask you whether you have already reserved a name.
Note: You don’t have to reserve a name in order to change your LLC Name in Pennsylvania. It’s usually a waste of money.
If you don’t have a name reservation:
If you don’t have a name reservation, don’t worry. Just click “No” and enter your new LLC name twice. Then click the box for “Consent to use the name is not required because the name is available for use in Pennsylvania.”
Make sure to include the designator in your new LLC name. You don’t have to use the same designator as the one in your current LLC name.
As per Section 15-204, Pennsylvania law allows the following designators:
- LLC (or L.L.C.)
- Ltd (or Ltd.)
- LTD (or LTD.)
- Limited Liability Co.
- Limited Liability Company
- Ltd. Liability Co.
- Ltd. Liability Company
Tip: Most people choose “LLC”.
If you have a name reservation:
If you filed a Name Reservation, click “Yes” and then select your reserved name from the dropdown menu.
If you’d like your LLC name change to go into effect on the date it is approved by the state, check the box for “when filed with the Department of State“.
If you’d like your LLC name change to go into effect on a future date, select “on a future specific date“. Then choose the date using the calendar button to the right. Don’t worry about what time you choose; it’s not important.
Email Address for Notifications
You can choose whether to get notifications from the state by mail or by email.
If you prefer to get notices by mail, don’t enable email notifications.
If you prefer to get notices by email, choose the option that starts with “I would like to receive email notifications…“. Then click “Add” and enter your email address.
Click Next Step to proceed.
Current Registered Office or Commercial Registered Office Provider
This displays your LLC’s current registered office.
Remember, the “Registered Office” in Pennsylvania is the same thing as a “Registered Agent“.
New Registered Office
Note: There’s no extra fee to make multiple changes during this filing. You can change both your LLC name and your LLC registered office on the same Certificate of Amendment.
This is where you would make a change if the Registered Office address has changed because you moved, or because you hired a Registered Agent Service.
Change Registered Office?
If you don’t want to change your LLC’s Registered Office, select “I do not want to change the registered office.” You can click Next Step and continue with the Additional Details screen.
If you want to change your LLC Registered Office, select “I want to change the registered office.”
Then, follow these steps:
You or someone you know will be the Registered Agent:
If you will be your own Registered Agent, or someone you know will be the Registered Agent for your LLC, and you need to change the address of the Registered Office on file, select the 1st option (“The address of this association’s proposed registered office in this Commonwealth is“).
Then enter the updated address and county information.
Note: If you are changing from using a Registered Agent Service to being your own Registered Agent (or using a friend/family member), wait for your Certificate of Amendment to be approved. Then you can cancel the Registered Agent Service.
You hired a Registered Agent Service:
If you hired a Registered Agent Service (aka Commercial Registered Office Provider or CROP), select the 2nd option (“The name of the commercial registered office provider and the county of venue is”).
Search for Commercial Registered Office Provider (CROP):
Search for the Registered Agent company you hired and select them from the list.
Venue and Publication County:
If you hired Northwest Registered Agent, select Erie from the county list.
You’ll need to contact the Registered Agent company (or check inside your account) and ask what county their address is located in. Then select it from the dropdown menu.
Note: Don’t worry about the word “publication”. LLCs in Pennsylvania don’t have to publish anything in the newspapers. Only 3 states have LLC publication requirements and Pennsylvania isn’t one of them.
Click Next Step to proceed.
New Dependent Ratio
Select “There are no additional changes.”
Most people don’t upload anything unless they’ve been instructed to do so by their attorney.
Restated Certificate of Organization
Leave this box unchecked.
Processing Fee Information
This page is letting you know that the fee to amend your LLC Certificate of Organization in Pennsylvania is $70.
Review your information for accuracy and check for typos.
If you need to make any changes, click the appropriate step in the list on the left where you need to make changes.
If everything looks good, click Next Step to proceed.
Check the boxes to accept the terms and agreements at the top.
Click “Add” and enter your first and last name and click “Today” to enter the date.
- If you’re an LLC Member, enter the title “Member“
- If you’re an LLC Manager, enter the title “Manager“
- If you’re completing the Certificate of Amendment for an LLC you don’t own or manage, but you’ve been authorized to file for, enter “Authorized Person“. This is usually for an attorney or employee of an LLC filing company.
Not sure what these words mean? Check out LLC Officer Titles
Click File Online to charge your card and submit the Amendment filing.
Note: If you entered your credit or debit card when you set up the Keystone Login account, this will be charged to the card on file. Otherwise, you will need to enter a credit card or debit card.
Wait for approval from the Department of State
After submitting your Certificate of Amendment to the state, please wait for approval.
Approval times vary, but on average, it takes 15 business days for your Pennsylvania 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 Department 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 Pennsylvania LLC name with the IRS
After your new LLC name is approved, the next step is to update your Pennsylvania 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 PA 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 Pennsylvania Department of Revenue).
Note: In most states, it’s called the Department of Revenue or Department of Taxation. In Pennsylvania 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 (through myPATH)
- by mail
- by phone
The PA Department of Revenue has a Name Change Guide you can follow. But there may be other tax filings or places to update your LLC name, so we recommend you contact the PA 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 Pennsylvania LLC name with the IRS and PA 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 Pennsylvania 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.
Pennsylvania 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: PA Licensing Boards & Commissions.
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 PA County Commissioners Association website. Then you should look up your: town or city, and borough or township.
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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania FAQs
How much does an LLC name change cost in Pennsylvania?
An LLC name change in Pennsylvania costs $70.
This is the filing fee for the Certificate of Amendment, the official form used to change your Pennsylvania LLC name.
If you’d like to learn about all the Pennsylvania LLC costs, please see Pennsylvania LLC Costs.
Can I file my Pennsylvania LLC name change by mail?
Yes, you can file the Certificate of Amendment by mail to change your Pennsylvania LLC name.
You will still complete the form online (follow our step-by-step guide above). But at the end of the process, you can choose to download your completed Certificate of Amendment form, print it out and mail it.
How many times can I change my Pennsylvania LLC name?
You can change the name of your Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania law limits when you can file an Amendment to change the name of a company.
Who can change the Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania LLC name with the IRS (see above for instructions).
Do I need a lawyer to change the Pennsylvania LLC legal name?
No, you don’t need to hire a lawyer. You can file the Certificate of Amendment 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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