AMDT-NP-NA Instructions (REV 12/2020)
2020 California Secretary of State
Instructions for Completing the Certificate of Amendment of
Articles of Incorporation - Name Change Only - Nonprofit (Form AMDT-NP-NA)
To change the name of a domestic (formed in California) nonprofit corporation, the corporation must file a
Certificate of Amendment of Articles of Incorporation that meets the requirements of California Corporations
Code sections 5062, 5076, 5810-5817 (public benefit and religious corporations), 7810-7817 (mutual benefit
corporations) or sections 12241, 12251, 12500-12508 (general cooperative corporations). Before submitting
the completed form, you should consult with a private attorney for advice about your specific business needs.
Note: Form AMDT-NP-NA has been created for ease in filing, however, any format may be used, provided it
meets statutory requirements.
Form AMDT-NP-NA can be used:
• If the name change amendment is the only amendment being made by
• If the specific provision in the Articles of Incorporation being amended contains a number, letter, or other
designation. (i.e. “Article 1”, “Article I”, “Article FIRST” or “Article One”).
• If the name change amendment has been approved by at least a majority of the board of directors.
• If the name change amendment has been approved by at least a majority of the members.
• If name change amendment is verified, dated, and signed by two corporate officers, as described in the
instructions for Signatures.
If the corporation does
not meet all of the requirements listed above, Form AMDT-NP-NA cannot be used.
Instead, you must compose a Certificate of Amendment that meets the statutory requirements of Sections
5062, 5076, and 5810-5817 (public benefit and religious corporations), 7810-7817 (mutual benefit
corporations) and 12241, 12251, 12500-12507 (general cooperative corporations).
• Required Filing Fee: A $30.00 filing fee is required to file a Certificate of Amendment of Articles of
• Faster Service Fee:
o Counter Drop Off: A separate, non-refundable $15.00 c
ounter drop off fee is required if you
deliver in person (drop off) your completed document at our Sacramento office. The $15.00
counter drop off fee provides priority service over documents submitted by mail. The special
handling fee is not refundable whether the document is filed or rejected.
o Guaranteed Expedite Drop Off: For more urgent submissions, documents can be processed
within a guaranteed timeframe for a non-refundable fee in lieu of the counter drop off fee. For
detailed information about this faster processing service through our Preclearance and Expedited
Filing Services, go to www.sos.ca.gov/business/be/service-options.
o Counter and guaranteed expedite services are available only for documents delivered in person
(drop off) to our Sacramento office.
Copies: Upon filing, we will return one (1) plain copy of your filed document for free, and will certify the copy
upon request and payment of a $5 certification fee. To obtain additional copies or certified copies of the filed
document, include payment for copy fees and certification fees at the time the document is
Additional copy fees are $1.00 for the first page and $.50 for each attachment page. For certified copies, there
is an additional $5.00 certification fee, per document.
Payment Type: Check(s) or money orders should be made payable to the Secretary of State. Do not send
cash by mail. If submitting the document in person in our Sacramento office, payment also may be made by
credit card (Visa or Mastercard®).
Processing Dates: For current processing dates, go to www.sos.ca.gov/business/be/processing-dates.