To file a Fictitious Business Name Statement in person:
- Search the “Index of Fictitious Business Names” located at the Recorder/County Clerk’s office or online to ensure the name you intend to file IS NOT already registered.
- Complete the filing form provided.
How do I apply for a fictitious business name in California?
Filing a Fictitious Business Name. Prior to opening a business, a business name must be selected that is not already in use, and then registered. Fictitious business name statements must be filed with the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office.
Do I need to file a fictitious business name in California?
You must file a DBA in California under certain circumstances. The law states that a DBA California filing is required any time that sole proprietors, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations want to run operations and sign legal documents under a different name.
How much does it cost to file a fictitious business name in California?
|Fictitious Business Name (FBN) Fees|
|Document or Service||Fee|
|First-time Filing Fee for one business name and one registrant.||$26|
|Renewal Filing Fee for one business name and one registrant.||$26|
|Additional fee for filing for each additional business name and/or each additional registrant in excess of one.||$5|
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Does an LLC need a fictitious business name?
No. DBA filings are only required if you are operating a corporation or LLC under a name other than its legal name as filed with the state. In most states, DBAs (unlike corporations or LLCs) do not guarantee exclusive use of a name.
How do I renew my fictitious business name in California?
Fictitious Business Name (FBN) Change/Refiling/Renewal
- Complete the Fictitious Business Name application.
- Verify that your current Business Registration Certificate is consistent with the information on the fictitious business name statement.
- If filing in person*, submit the completed Fictitious Business Name (FBN) form.
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