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.

In order to make the following changes to a Trade Name (DBA) Registration:

  • the business name; or

  • adding or appointing new owners (i.e. members or partners)

you must:

    1. first, file to end your current registration (Certificate of Cessation); and

    2. then, file to start or register a new trade name registration (Trade Name Registration) under the new business name or owners.

Please note: If delivering these two filings by mail, it is recommended - but not required, that you send both the Cessation and Registration documents together in the same envelope, with a single check for the total fee.

If you are simply adding or appointing new owners and filing by mail, simply file the Trade Name Transfer (TNAME-3a) form below by mail.

  
Please note: The Trade Name Transfer form (TNAME-3a) is not
 a single statutory filing. This form is provided to file the 1.Trade Name Cessation and 2.Trade Name Registration, as listed above, together on one convenient form when filing by mail.

File by Mail:

This page was last updated: 2016-12-07