Arkansas Fictitious Name Registration & Renewal

Registration requirements for Arkansas 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:Arkansas Secretary of State - Business and Commercial Services Division (BCS)

Application for Fictitious Name

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$15-25 depending on entity type.

Is registration mandatory?:

No corporation, foreign or domestic, shall conduct any business in Arkansas under a fictitious name unless it first files that name with the Arkansas Secretary of State. Domestic entities must file a form supplied or approved by the Secretary of State with the county clerk of the county in which their registered office is located (unless located in Pulaski County). General partnerships are not required to file official registration beyond that required for a sole proprietorship, but may file to be on record as a general partnership in the Secretary of State's office. Failing to register with your county can result in hefty fines of $100 per day. Sole proprietorships must record the name of the business with their local county clerk. Failing to do so can result in hefty fines of $100 per day.

County Level Filing:

Domestic corporations, sole proprietorships, and general partnership must register their fictitious name with the county clerk in the county of the entity's registered office (with the exeption of Pulaski County).

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

Fictitious names are not protected, however, the Secretary of State does not allow corporations to file entity names that are the same as other corporations on file.

  • Publication of registration is not required in Arkansas.

Renewal Filing

Not required

  • Fictitious names do not currently have expiration dates.
More information: Arkansas Secretary of State - Business and Commercial Services Division (BCS)
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