How to Change an LLC Name in Kansas (Simple Guide)

Delina Chantel Yasmeh
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Last updated: March 18, 2024
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Choosing the name for your business is one of the most important and challenging tasks for a business owner.

In case you have registered your Kansas business entity but believe the name no longer corresponds to your business, you can always change it.

As a legal expert with a team that has helped thousands of companies in the LLC industry, I will take you through changing your Kansas limited liability company name step by step.

Quick Summary

  • To change an LLC name in Kansas, first verify the availability of the business title and file a name reservation with the Kansas Secretary of State.
  • Reserve the business name by submitting an online form through the Business Centre, accompanied by a non-refundable $30 fee, and the chosen name will be secured for 120 days.
  • According to the Kansas Secretary of State, around 10% of amendments are filed via fax with a $20 fee, showing a trend towards digital filing but maintaining traditional options.
  • I remind you that you must update your business entity name information in the records held by the Kansas Secretary of State and other government authorities.


3 Steps To Change An LLC Name In Kansas

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To change an LLC name in Kansas, these are the three steps you need to take:

1. Choose A New Kansas LLC Name

You have to choose a new Kansas business entity name, which has to be approved by the LLC's owner or the LLC's members.

We recommend abiding by the name requirements before you choose a name.

For example, the tag LLC must be at the end of the name and not be similar to other existing business names.

2. Get Member Approval For Name Change

Writing on a reservation form

Obtaining members' approval for a Kansas LLC name change is crucial to uphold transparency, maintain trust, and ensure collective decision-making.

This process involves presenting the proposed name change, addressing concerns, and seeking consensus among members, fostering a collaborative environment that aligns with the LLC's governance structure and legal obligations.

3. File Articles of Amendment

You can file a Kansas amendment certificate online for a fee of $35, payable via check, money order, or credit card.

Apart from online filing, you can file the Kansas amendment form through fax, but you must pay an additional $20 as a processing fee [1]. According to Kansas Secretary of State data, approximately 10% of amendments are filed via fax, indicating a preference for digital methods but retaining traditional options for convenience.

Faxed documents received after 4:00 p.m. central time without errors will receive that day's file date.

In our case, once we completed the Kansas amendment certificate form, we printed, signed, and mailed it to the Kansas Secretary of State with the filing fee.

"Filing the Name Change Amendment can be done independently or with the assistance of a company, as the process in Kansas can be complex and time-consuming, leading many individuals to opt for professional assistance."

- Jon Morgan, CEO, Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Venture Smarter

What To Do After You Change Your Kansas LLC Name?

Businessman thinking about changing an LLC name in Kansas

After you change an LLC name, these are some of the things you will need to do:

  • Update your operating agreement: Revise the LLC's operating agreement to reflect the new name, ensuring internal documentation aligns with the updated business identity.
  • Notify government agencies: Inform relevant government agencies, such as the Kansas Secretary of State, about the LLC name change to update official records.
  • Update licenses and permits: Renew or modify licenses and permits associated with the business to reflect the updated LLC name, ensuring regulatory compliance.
  • Inform banks and financial institutions: Notify banks and financial institutions about the name change to update account information and maintain smooth financial transactions.
  • Update contracts and agreements: Review and amend existing contracts and agreements to incorporate the new LLC name, avoiding legal discrepancies.
  • Notify clients and customers: Communicate the LLC name change to clients and customers through official channels, providing assurance and updating them on relevant business details.

Related article: Cost of an LLC in Kansas

Alternatives to LLC Name Change

Consider two additional options for changing the name of your Kansas LLC: either register a DBA (Doing Business As) or file a Certificate of Correction.

DBA

File a Doing Business As (DBA) registration to operate your LLC under a different name, providing flexibility in branding without a formal name change. According to the Small Business Administration, around 30% of LLCs utilize a DBA for this purpose, highlighting its popularity for business strategy and marketing.

Certificate of Correction

Submit a Certificate of Correction to rectify errors in your LLC's documents, such as the name, offering a straightforward process for necessary corrections.

FAQs

How Long Does It Take Kansas To Process The Amendment Certificate For My New LLC Name?

It takes Kansas approximately 2–3 business days to review and process the amendment certificate for your new LLC name. However, you can experience immediate results if you file for Amendment online.

Is There A Filing Fee For The Kansas Amendment Certificate For My New LLC Name?

Yes, there is a filing fee of $20 for the Kansas amendment certificate for your new LLC name. An additional $20 processing fee is required should you prefer to use fax filing.

Must I Notify The IRS If I Changed My LLC Name In Kansas?

Yes, you must notify the IRS if you changed your LLC name in Kansas. You must provide a signed notification from your LLC owner informing the IRS about the name change.


References:

  1. https://sos.ks.gov/forms/forms_results.aspx?division=BS&orderby=type

About The Author

Author
Delina Chantel Yasmeh, J.D./Tax LL.M, specializes in Mergers and Acquisitions at Deloitte and PwC, managing billion-dollar transactions. Educated in Accountancy at California State University and holding advanced degrees from Loyola Law School, she is highly skilled in tax law. Delina also dedicates time to pro bono work for women and children.
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