Amendments & Updates

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.

Trade Name Amendments

To update the business purpose or address(es), or to remove members, you must use the following form:

To change the business name, or to change or add owners (members, partners) of a trade name, you must first file to end your current registration, then file to start or register a trade name under the new business name or owners.

Please note: It is recommended (but not required) that you file both the ending and starting documents together with a single check for the total fee.

Coming soon: Trade name amendments will be available for online filing.

All Other Amendments

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

  1. Log into our Online Business Service Center
  2. Click on “Online Services” on the left hand menu to open the drop-down menu
  3. Click on “Business Amendments” underneath “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

All amendments that seek to change a business name with the Office of the Secretary of State are subject to name availability rules. Do not invest in websites, banners, advertisements, or other marketing materials until you receive a certificate confirming your ownership of the requested business 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.

Please search our online database for your desired business name to avoid any obvious name conflicts:

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This page was last updated: 2014-06-17