Processing times for name amendment filings vary by state. Typical completion timeframe for our Name Amendment Filing Service is 4-6 weeks.
You may add expedited service to your order. Typical completion time for an expedited filing is 2-3 weeks. With expedited service, the Articles of Amendment is shipped for your signature via UPS 2Day delivery. Your company's approved amendment document is then shipped to you via UPS 2Day after we receive it from the state.
Within the Name Amendment Filing Service order form, you can also select to update other information included in your Articles of Incorporation/Organization or Certificate of Authority.
If you would like BizFilings to amend your Certificate of Authority in the state or states where you have foreign qualified instead of your Articles of Incorporation/Organization, please note that in the comments field of the order form.
BizFilings can file an amendment to change most any information included in your company’s incorporation or foreign qualification documents. We have one online order form for amending the name of your company(our Name Amendment Filing Service) and another order form for all other types of amendments. With a Name Amendment Filing Service order, you can also select to amend other information at the same time. You can also place amendment orders by phone with our Incorporation Specialists at 800-981-7183 or 608-827-5300.
We will gladly prepare and file the necessary amendment documents for your business in any state.
When ordering our Name Amendment Filing Service, please have the following ready:
If you would like a name amendment to a Certificate of Authority (foreign qualification document) to transact business in another state, you would also need to provide the state of qualification and the qualification date in the order comments field of our online order form.
The process is very similar, but the states often require more documentation when you are amending the foreign qualification document (which is called a Certificate of Authority). For example, the state of qualification may require a Certificate of Good Standing from the state of incorporation (showing that your company has fulfilled all its obligations in a timely manner in that state) and a Certified Copy of incorporation documents and/or foreign qualification documents. We can obtain these documents on your behalf (extra fees will apply) or you can obtain them and provide them to us.
Choose the name of your company carefully. It is very important that you project the image you want. Legally, the name must not be “deceptively similar” to any existing corporation (C corp, S corp or nonprofit), LLC, limited liability partnership or limited partnership in that state and must be "distinguishable on the record" of your state. It is possible that the name you select is not available─that’s why we ask for a second choice on our name amendment order form.
Additionally, the name you choose must show your business is incorporated, an LLC, an LLP or LP. Most states require that the company name be followed by an ending such as "Corporation," "Incorporated," “Limited Liability Company,” "Limited Liability Partnership", "Limited Partnership", or an abbreviation such as "Inc.," "Corp.," “LLC,” “LLP,” or “LP.” For more information regarding state requirements, view the Corporation Formation Requirements and LLC Formation Requirements pages of our state guides.
BizFilings' Name Amendment Filing Service includes a preliminary name check with the state. However, if you would like to check the availability of a desired name prior to submitting your order, take advantage of our stand-alone name check.
If the name choice(s) you requested is not available, we’ll contact you for additional options. Providing us with two name options helps to secure a name choice and eliminates a potential delay in the processing of your order.
Yes, you can file a DBA. You file for a DBA (doing business as) name, which is also called a fictitious business name, if the company intends to transact business under a name other than the legal name that appears on the incorporation or foreign qualification documents. DBAs are filed with the appropriate state and/or county agency in the state where you are incorporated and/or foreign qualified.
We have resources to help you understand your options.