Fictitious Business Name Info

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What if my business is located in an unincorporated area?

If your business is located in an unincorporated area, then you will need to contact the Clerk of the Board.

Am I able to make any changes to my FBN after I file?

Yes, changes can be made to the filing such as business address, owner’s address or to add an additional owner(s) name(s). These changes are considered a new filing and the same requirements for publishing apply.

What happens if I don’t publish in an adjudicated newspaper of general publication?

Your filing will expire 30 days from the date you filed and you will have to file again, and pay the fee/s.

How do I go about filing a FBN statement?

An FBN statement can be filed in person or by mail by completing an application. An application can be obtained from our website.

Who must file an FBN Statement and why?

In the case of a business owned by an individual, a “fictitious business name” is any name that does not include the last name (surname) of the owner, or which implies additional owners (such as “Company,” “and Company,” “and Sons,” “Associates,” etc.)

Examples:

  • “Joyce Smith Catering” is not a Fictitious Business Name.
  • “Smith and Company Catering” is a Fictitious Business Name.

In the case of a corporation, limited liability company or limited partnership, a fictitious business name is any name other than the exact name that is on record with the Secretary of the State’s Office.

California law requires that FBN’s are filed at the County level; there is no State-wide registry or national registry.