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Change in Company Name

A company may change its name by passing an appropriate Board resolution. The new name should conform to the guidelines set by the Registrar of Companies. At any time, the name can be changed, subject to the shareholders’ and Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) approval through an online process.

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How To Make Change In The Company Name?

You can change your company's name for varied reasons and we at Vakilsearch helps you do so in 3 simple steps:

We check company name availability and pass a special resolution for it

Step 1

Our experts draft application for approval of company name change and file it with Registrar of Companies

Step 2


Once you receive the Certificate of Incorporation, we make changes to MOA and AOA

Step 3

What Does Changing of Name Mean To a Company?

As per the provisions in Section 13 of the Companies Act of 2013, a company may change its name by simply passing a resolution in its general meeting. But, approval from the Central Government and updating with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) is necessary for the change to come into effect. Also, the Articles of Association and the Memorandum of Association of the company go through a significant alteration.

However, please note the following points related to the changing of name by a company-

  • The change of name, by no means, shall affect any rights/obligations of the company and any legal proceedings continued against/by the company in its former/new name.
  • However, the commencing of any fresh legal proceedings against the company in the former name is not valid, after the new name has been registered by the Registrar of Companies (RoC). The company in its old name should be treated to be non-existent. However, the new name can be substituted by amending the plaint.
  • The legal proceedings commenced by the company in its old name can be continued under the new name.
  • The entity of the company continues despite the change in name.
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What Is The Procedure To Change A Company Name?

The step-by-step procedure of changing a company name is described below-

Passing a board resolution

In the first step, the company needs to call a board meeting and pass a resolution to change the company name. The directors should approve the new name and authorize either a director or a company secretary (CS) to check the availability of the new name with the MCA.

Checking the name availability

One of the most important steps before registering a company name with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) is to check the company name availability. For this, the authorized director or the CS should apply to the MCA in form INC-1 for checking the availability of the proposed name and subsequent approval. In case the proposed name is available for use, the company will get a letter from the RoC. But, this is not the final approval for the change of name.

To check the company name availability you can also click the following link, and it will check that particular name with the MCA portal and the trademark databases.

It is advised that you should shortlist four to five business names before checking the availability, to cover for the event of these names being taken or in use already.

Passing special resolution

Once the availability of the new name is confirmed by the RoC, the company should convene an extraordinary general meeting. A special resolution will be passed by the meeting for changing the name and making appropriate changes to the Articles of Association and the Memorandum of Association.

Applying to the Registrar

The special resolution will be submitted to the RoC within 30 days of passing, along with the form MGT-14, which will contain the details related to the special resolution.

Within 30 days of filing the MGT-14, another form, namely, INC-24 needs to be filed with RoC as well, along with the requisite fee. This is required for obtaining approval from the Central Government for the change in name. Certain documents also need to be enclosed with these two forms.

Issuance of the Certificate of Incorporation

Upon being completely satisfied with the application and the accompanying documents, the RoC will issue a new Certificate of Incorporation, reflecting the change in name.

What Are The Documents Required For Company Name Change?

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