Amendments

Business Entity AmendmentsTrade Name Amendments

As an existing entity, you may, in the course of normal business, need to change or update your directors, officers, members, business name, business purpose, business address, fiscal year end, termination date, or other important information. This can be done through the amendment process.

The regular updating of your business record with our office is an important part of maintaining your good standing with the state of Vermont.

Business Entity Amendments

You may now file business amendments online in just a few easy steps:

  1. Log into our Online Business Service Center
  2. Click on “VT Sec of State Online Services” on the left hand menu to open the drop-down menu
  3. Click on “Business Amendments” under “VT Sec of State Online Services
  4. Follow the On-screen prompts and enter all required and updated information
  5. Click “Submit” on the final page

If you are a first-time filer, you will be prompted to create a new login. Keep this safe. If you are a returning customer, please use the assigned login from previous years.

Name Availability

If you are changing the business name of your organization - you should not invest in websites, banners, advertisements, or other marketing materials until you receive a certificate confirming your ownership of the requested name.

The state of Vermont operates under a “deceptively similar” standard. Under this standard, if the requested name is so similar to an already registered name, such that it would confuse the public as to whom they are dealing with, it will be rejected.

All amendments seeking to change a business name with the Office of the Secretary of State are subject to name availability rules. Please search our online database for your desired business name to avoid any obvious conflicts:

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Trade Name (DBA) Amendments

To update the business purpose, business addresses, or to remove members of a trade name (dba) registration, you may do so online in just a few easy steps:

    1. Log into our Online Business Service Center
    2. Click on “VT Sec of State Online Services” on the left hand menu to open the drop-down menu
    3. Click on “Business Amendments” under “VT Sec of State Online Services
    4. Follow the On-screen prompts and enter all required and updated information
    5. Click “Submit” on the final page

If you are a first-time filer, you will be prompted to create a new login. Keep this safe. If you are a returning customer, please use the assigned login from previous years.

To change the business name of, or to change or appoint new owners (i.e. members or partners) to, a trade name (dba) registration, you must:
 

  1. First, file to end your current registration;
  2. Then, file to start or register a trade name under the new business name or owners.

or

      Simply file the Trade Name Transfer (TNAME-3a) form below.

Please note: If filing by mail, it is recommended - but not required, that you file both the ending and starting documents together in the same envelope, with a single check for the total fee.

File by Mail:

This page was last updated: 2016-09-14