Trade Names | General Partnerships | Limited Partnerships
Renewals for Corporations, Nonprofits, MBEs, LLCs, and LLPs are accomplished through Annual or Biennial Report filing. Please see "Annual/Biennial Reports" for details.
Trade Names Registrations must be renewed every 5 years. Trade Names may ONLY renew within the 2 months prior to the expiration date on record. You will be notified at the beginning of your renewal period and will be provided with instructions on how to file your renewal. You may also determine when your renewal period is open as the "Business Status" of your Trade Name (DBA) will read "Expiration Pending."
Failure to renew your trade name during your 2 month renewal period will result in the expiration of your trade name—terminating both your authority to do business in the state of Vermont under that business name and your sole rights to your business name. To reactivate your trade name at this point, you will need to (re)apply for a new trade name registration.
Trade Name (DBA) Renewal Online
- Log into our Online Business Service Center.
- If you are a returning customer, please use an existing User ID and Password that you may already have.
- If you are a first-time filer, just select "Create User Account" and create your own login. Please keep this safe for use in future filings.
- Select “Trade Name (DBA) Renewal" under "VT SEC OF STATE ONLINE SERVICES" from the Main Menu. (left side of page)
- Follow the on-screen prompts & confirm, update, or enter all required information.
Trade Name (DBA) Renewal by Mail
To file your annual report by correspondence with a traditional paper check, you must complete the online filing process (above) then select this option at the end as a method of payment.
General Partnership Renewals
General partnerships expire five years following the initial registration or most recent amendment. To renew your general partnership, you must file an amendment. Please see “Amendments & Updates.”
Failure to maintain or update your general partnership at least once every five years will result in the expiration of your trade name—terminating both your authority to do business in the state of Vermont under the partnership’s business name and your sole rights to your partnership’s business name. To reactivate your general partnership, you will need to (re)apply for a general partnership registration.
Limited partnerships are, uniquely, not renewed on a specific schedule. Limited partnerships expire upon the termination date provided in their initial registration—or as updated by amendment. To extend the termination date of your limited partnership, you must file to amend your termination date. Please see “Amendments & Updates.”