Alabama Fictitious Name Registration & Renewal

Registration requirements for Alabama business entities

Business entities that plan to use a name other than their legal business name may need to register an assumed name. Assumed name registration can take place at the state, local, or state and local levels of government. State specific registration information is available below.

Initial Application for Registration

Agency:Alabama Secretary of State - Lands and Trademarks/Authentications Division
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$30

Is registration mandatory?:

Trade name registration is optional.

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
County Level Filing:

Not required at the county level.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?:

Rights of ownership of a particular mark are achieved through the common laws of adoption and usage, not registration. Filing an Alabama trademark provides more protection than a common law trademark, but less protection than filing a federal trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Separately, filing a trademark with the Alabama Secretary of State prevents other businesses in Alabama from filing an LLC, corporation, or other business entity with the same name.

Notes:
  • If you choose to register, the application process is the same as filing a trademark application for a trade name.
  • A completed application should include the notarized form, the schedule of classifications, three specimens, the filing fee, and a copy of federal trademark registration (if applicable).
  • Submit multiple applications if you wish to apply for multiple classifications.
  • Publication of registration is not required in Alabama.

Renewal Filing

Agency:Alabama Secretary of State - Lands and Trademarks/Authentications Division
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$30

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • One sample of the mark in use must be submitted with the renewal filing.
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