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Name in California

Registering a DBA in California

D.b.a. in California is called "fictitious business name", and it is registered by filing a fictitious business name statement with the county clerk of the county of the registrant's principal place of business (and not with Secretary of State's Office). The fee to file a fictitious business name statement varies depending on the county where it is filed. Statement must be notarized prior to filing.

D.b.a. can be registered for any of the following types of business:

  • Sole proprietorship doing business under a name not containing the owner’s surname,
  • Partnership, or
  • Organized/Incorporated entity doing business under a name other than its legal name.

The statement must be filed within 40 days of the commencement of business or before the statement on file expires. Within 30 days after filing a fictitious business name statement, the registrant must begin fulfilling the newspaper publication requirements (click here to learn more about publication requirements in California).

We can help you research the fictitious business name of your choice, and prepare and file all the necessary registration paperwork with the county clerk of your choice, as well as fulfill all publication requirements - all you need to do is complete our simple application below.

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