Change Washington LLC name

Last updated on December 29, 2022

You can change the name of a Washington LLC by filing amended articles of formation with the secretary of state. Read the step-by-step instructions below:

Official Washington form to change LLC name

Fill up the LLC amendment form and mail it to the Washington secretary of state to change an LLC's name.

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What is an LLC?

Limited Liability Company

LLC is a business entity in the U.S that provides limited liability to its members. It has characteristics from both corporation and sole proprietorship. LLCs are permitted under State statutes of each US state.

Limited liability

Personal assets are protected for people with limited liability when they are sued.


A business entity that can issue shares and give limited liability to shareholders.


Owners of an LLC are referred to as members. They own membership interest in the LLC.

Sole proprietorship

Where an individual engages in business activity without formal organization.

Types of LLC

Depends on the number of members and whether it has elected to change its IRS classification.

Single-member LLC

Has only a single member. IRS considers it as a sole proprietorship for tax purposes.

LLC as C-corp

Owners of an LLC are referred to as members. They own membership interest in the LLC.

Multi-member LLC

Has two members. IRS considers it as a partnership for tax purposes.

LLC as S-corp

A special election for a maximum of 100 US shareholders.


Step-by-step instructions

How to change an LLC name in Washington?

Check the steps below:

1. Choose a new name

Before you proceed with changing your existing LLC name, make sure to find a new LLC name that suits your business.

Ensure the name follows the state's LLC naming guidelines. See them in detail below.

Search for possible names through the state's business entity search tool. Make sure the name you pick is available.

2. Reserve the new name (optional)

Optionally, you can reserve a name with the state. You can do so by paying reservation fees to the Washington secretary of state.

Reservation fee


Reservation period

180 days

3. File amended certificate of formation

You may fill and file an amended certificate of formation for the LLC with the secretary of state via mail to update the state of the new name.

Filing fees



Office of the Secretary of State,

Corporations & Charities Division,

PO Box 40234

Olympia, WA 98504-0234

4. Update your operating agreement

Make note of the name change in your operating agreement and update accordingly.

5. Update state and federal government records

Check all the government records, including tax registrations, employer records, etc and update your new name.

6. Inform your business contacts

Make sure you update your bank, vendors, customers and other related parties with your LLC's new name

Entity name

Every LLC should have a unique name in Washington. Washington maintains a list of names of entities in the state. Go through it to check if your chosen name is available.

Search for names

Go to the official website of the Washington corporations search tool to see if the name you want is available.

Searching fee



You can reserve a name for your LLC for a specific duration by paying reservation fees to the Washington corporations division. You will have to file your LLC formation documents within this period to keep the name. Alternatively, you can directly go ahead with the LLC formation without any reservation. That's fine too.

Reservation fee


Reservation period

180 days

LLC naming guidelines

The name you choose for your LLC must the official naming guidelines.

Here are some of the guidelines in simple language:

  • 1

    Must contain the words "Limited Liability Company," the words "Limited Liability" and abbreviation "Co.," or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC"

  • 2

    Don’t include terms that indicate that you are doing an activity that you are not authorised to do.

  • 3

    Your name should be ‘distinguishable’ in the Secretary of State records. Adding a punctuation or ‘the’ does not make it distinguishable.

  • 4

    Don’t use words that makes it seems like you are a governmental entity or has an affiliation.

LLC Annual Report

Every LLC has to file this report in Washington to stay compliant with the state laws.

Filing Annual Report

Washington LLC is expected to file this report annually

  • File it online on Washington Secretary of State website


  • Mail a form to Washington Secretary of State



Corporations and Charities Division

P.O. Box 40234

Olympia, WA 98504

Online fee


Online processing time


Mailing fee


Mail processing time

10-12 days

Failure to pay

The state charges a $25 penalty for failure to file on time. In addition, LLCs may be dissolved for failing to file an annual report.


An initial report is due within 120 days of forming an LLC. After that it is due annually by the end of the registration anniversary month. So if you incorporated or foreign-qualified on March 4, then your annual report is due every year by March 31. You can start filing 45 days prior.

Frequently asked questions

Related steps in Washington

LLC in Washington is a powerful entity for entrepreneurs. After the formation, you may have to add a member, remove a member or change registered agents. Read how to do these actions.

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