Information to Consider When Changing Your Business Type
Change an Assumed Business Name Into a Business Entity - Corporation, LLC, Etc.
If you are registered with an assumed business name but want to be filed as a corporation or LLC, you must cancel your assumed business name registration (PDF) and at the same time file your formation document, either articles of incorporation (PDF) or organization (PDF). There is no fee to cancel the ABN, if you send both documents in together and the name of the ABN is the same name that is being used for the new business entity.
If you would like to keep your assumed business name, you may amend it making the registrant/owner the new business entity that you are filing. This will allow use of the business name with or without the entitiy identifier (Inc., LLC etc.).
Convert from One Type of Business Entity to Another
Because there are legal and financial consequences to changing your business type, please consult an attorney or a CPA before making your change.
Changing Your Business Name
To change the name of a business entity, file articles of amendment with our office. The article being amended is usually Article 1, and you simply put the name as you want it to read. For example: “Article 1. The name of corporation is ABC Inc.”
To change the name of an assumed business name, file an ABN Amendment.
Changing Information About Your Business
Update Office, Officer, Registered Agent and Address Information
The annual report is the yearly opportunity for business entities to update their registration with the Corporation Division (assumed business names update every two years). If you need to change information before the first annual report is due or in between the annual report cycle, visit our
forms page. If your entity type is a corporation (including nonprofit) or limited liability company, complete the Information Change form.
Assumed business name information can be updated by filing an
Use the Annual Report to File Updates
Renew your business and file an annual report at the same time. Renew online.
Reinstating a Business
If your business was "administratively dissolved" for failure to file an annual report within the last five years, you can request to have the business entity reinstated. Visit Reinstate a Business for detailed instructions.