LLC Articles of Amendment
The procedure for effecting a name change of an Illinois limited liability company by filing Articles of Amendment online is a simple step-by-step process that can be completed in minutes. It may be beneficial to have a blank copy of form LLC-5.25 on hand before beginning.
All name-change amendments filed online will be processed on an “expedited” basis, or reviewed by the Secretary of State’s office within 24 hours (excluding weekends and holidays). As a result, the statutory amount required to effect a name-change amendment online will be $250, comprised of the $150 filing fee and the $100 expedited service fee.
Companies that can file a name-change amendment online:
In order to effect a name change online, the limited liability company:
- must be an Illinois limited liability company;
- must be in good standing;
- may not be authorized to establish series;
- do not require a post-effective date; and
- must be able to execute the document by a single manager or, if there are no managers, by a single member.
Companies that cannot file a name-change amendment online:
Limited liability companies that:
- were organized under a jurisdiction other than the State of Illinois;
- are not in good standing;
- are authorized to establish series;
- desire a post-effective date; or
- must execute the report through the use of “layered signatures” or by power of attorney. (All documents executed by power of attorney must be accompanied by a copy of the authorization.)
Changes that cannot be made online
Only amendments effecting the name change of a domestic limited liability company can be filed online. Articles of Amendment seeking to make any other change must be filed by using the appropriate paper form, which could include LLC-5.25 for domestic LLC's, LLC-530 for domestic LLC's wishing to effect a restatement of their Articles of Organization, or LLC-45.25 Amended Application for Admission of a foreign limited liability company.
All domestic Articles of Amendment, whether filed electronically or on paper, must be executed by a manager, or if there are no managers, by a member. As indicated earlier, any amendment requiring execution by use of “layered signatures” or by power of attorney cannot be filed electronically and must be filed using the paper version of the appropriate form.
Payment of fees
Payment of fees due in connection with the online filing of a name change amendment may be made by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card. Payment of all fees due is required during the electronic filing process. If payment by electronic fund transfer is ultimately denied, the filing of the Articles of Amendment effecting the name change will be voided and the event treated as though never occurring, thus immediately placing the company in delinquent status.
Processing and acknowledgement:
Once you have completed the steps to effect a name change amendment, the information will be reviewed by the Secretary of State’s office. This review will take place within 24 hours of your submission, excluding weekends and holidays. If it is determined that the proposed new name of the domestic limited liability company is available and otherwise complies with statute, you will be notified of the approval by e-mail. You may then conclude the process by providing payment, after which a “filed” copy of the Articles of Amendment effecting the name change will be e-mailed to you. Note that the actual date of “filing” will be the date that payment is provided, and not necessarily the date of the original submission. If the settings of your computer do not allow you to open the document, or if our message is erroneously blocked as “spam”, you will be able to return to our Web site after 24 hours and retrieve a copy of the document at no extra charge for a period of 30 days.
If, however, the review reveals that the proposed new name is not available for use or that some other defect exists, you will be notified of the matter by e-mail and allowed to choose an alternate name or otherwise remedy the defect.
For more information, please call 217-524-8008, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (central time).
Forms pertaining to the filing requirements of the Illinois Limited Liability Company Act, including those referenced above, can be obtained from the Limited Liability Company publications section.