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.
Is fictitious business name required in California?
Under California laws, there is no need for a business owner to register a DBA or a fictitious business name so long as the business’ name includes your last name. This is because, under California law, a business name is not a fictitious name if it includes your last name.
How do I register a fictitious business name?
To register an assumed or fictitious business name, the Fictitious Name Registration form [DSCB:54-311] must be filed. This application must contain the following information: The fictitious name. See above for restrictions on use of corporate or other association designator such as “corporation” or “limited,” “LLC.”
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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Do I need a fictitious name for an LLC?
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 register a business name in California?
How to Set Up a DBA in California
- Come up with a business name to register as your DBA.
- Check your chosen name against the California Secretary of State’s online database of registered business names to see whether it is available.
- Contact your local county clerk’s office and request a Fictitious Name Statement form.
Can an LLC have a DBA in California?
There is no option to file for a DBA on the state level. Under California law, sole proprietors, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations must file a DBA if they plan to operate under a different name.
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