People can change their LLC name for any number of reasons. If your LLC is registered in Texas, here’s what to know about changing your name:
Can I change the name of my LLC in Texas?
Yes. If your LLC is registered in Texas, you’ll have to file a certificate of amendment with the Texas Secretary of State. But before you do, make sure your preferred business name is available by checking Texas’s Taxable Entity Search. You also may want to check the Texas Administrative Code to make sure your name complies with Texas’s naming rules. (TAC Title 1, Pt. 4, Ch. 79, Subchapter C §79.30-46.)
How do I file an amendment for my Texas LLC?
You can file a certificate of amendment to change the name of your Texas LLC by using Texas’s online portal, SOSDirect. Or, you can download the certificate of amendment form (Form 424) and mail it to:
Secretary of State
P.O. Box 13697
Austin, TX 78711-3697
Either way, the cost is $150 (plus a $1 processing fee if you’re filing online).
For more details on the filing process, see: How to File an Amendment for a Texas LLC.
Can I change my LLC name in my annual report?
No. Not only is this not standard practice, Texas does not require LLCs to file an annual report, so you won’t be able to change your LLC name (or any of your LLC’s information) through an annual report in Texas.
What else should I do after changing my LLC name?
Filing a certificate of amendment with the Texas Secretary of State is just the first step when changing your LLC’s name. You’ll probably also want to inform the following organizations of your name change:
- Your bank (to change the name on your account)
- Texas’s Business Permit Office (if you have a business permit for your LLC)
- The IRS (though you probably won’t need a new EIN, you’ll still have to report your name change)
For more information about what to consider when changing an LLC name in general, check out Northwest’s page: Can I Change the Name of My LLC?