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California DBA / Fictitious Name / Trade Name Registrations

Registration requirements for California 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.

California Fictitious Name Registrations

California Fictitious Name Registration

Not required



DBA / Fictitious Name / Trade Name licensure is not required on the State level in California.

  • Fictitious business names are filed with the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office in the county of the principal place of business in California. There is no state-level fictitious name registration.
  • If you do not have a place of business in California, file with the Clerk of Sacramento County.
  • You may need to register in multiple jurisdictions.
  • If you need state-wide registration, consider filing a California trademark instead.

Registration Not Required

Not required



Local Fictitious Name Registrations

Alameda County Fictitious Business Name Registration

Agency:Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency Fee:

$40 + $7 for each additional owner or business name

Notes:

Within 30 days from the date of filing a FBN Statement, applicants must start publishing in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the FBN Statement was filed. The publication runs once a week for 4 consecutive weeks.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$40 + $7 for each additional owner or business name

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Contra Costa County Fictitious Business Name Registration

Agency:Contra Costa County Clerk Recorder's Office (CA)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Registration Form 

Instructions:

A Fictitious Business Name Statement, Abandonment, and Withdrawal of Partnership may be completed online, but the form must be printed out, signed, and submitted to our office with a check or money order payable to “Clerk-Recorder” for the fees.

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

$30.00 + $7.00 per each additional Business Name or Registrant Owner

Notes:

Within 30 days after a fictitious business name statement has filed, the registrant shall cause it to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the fictitious business name statement was filed, If the registrant does not have a place of business in this state, the notice shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in Sacramento County. The publication must be once a week for 4 successive weeks and an affidavit of publication must filed with the county clerk where the fictitious business name statements were filed within 30 days after the completion of the publication.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Registration Form (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$30 + $7 for each additional Business Name or Registrant Owner

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Fresno County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:Fresno County Clerk/Registrar of Voters Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Application for Fictitious Business Name

Agency Fee:

$35 for the first name and $7 for each additional name and/or registrant

Original Ink:Required
Notes:

New FBN filings and renewals with changes must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Form:

Application for Fictitious Business Name (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$35 for the first name and $7 for each additional name and/or registrant

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Original Ink:Required
Notes:

You are not required to republish a renewal if the information does not change.

Kern County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:Kern County Clerk's Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement Form

Agency Fee:

$43 for the first name and $6 for each additional name and/or registrant

Notes:

New FBN filings and renewals with changes must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement Form (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$43 for the first name and $6 for each additional name and/or registrant

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Los Angeles County Fictitious Business Name Registration

Agency:Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's Office (CA)
Notes:
  • The statement must be filed in county of principal place of business and may also be filed in other counties as long as the requirements for filing in the county of principal place of business have been met.
  • Non-profit corporations, organizations or associations are not required to file a Fictitious Business Name Statement.

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$26 filing fee + $5 fee for each additional  business name and/or each additional registrant in excess of one (if applicable)

Notarize:Required
Notes:

Filed copy of statement must be published once per week for four consecutive weeks in an adjudicated newspaper in Los Angeles County.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$26

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Notes:

You are not required to publish your renewal in a newspaper of general circulation.

Madera County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:Madera County Clerk-Recorder's Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency Fee:

$25 for the first name and $7 for each additional name and/or registrant

Notes:

New FBN filings and renewals with changes must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$25 for the first name and $7 for each additional name and/or registrant

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Marin County Fictitious Business Name Registration

Agency:Marin County Clerk’s Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name DBA Application Form

Agency Fee:

$42 + $7 for each additional owner or business name

Notes:

Within 30 days from the date of filing a FBN Statement, applicants must start publishing in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the FBN Statement was filed. The publication runs once a week for 4 consecutive weeks.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Fictitious Business Name DBA Application Form (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$42 + $7 for each additional owner or business name

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Monterey County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:Monterey County Clerk Recorder’s Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency Fee:

$40 for the first name and $7 for each additional name and/or registrant

Notes:

New FBN filings and renewals with changes must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$40 for the first name and $7 for each additional name and/or registrant

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Orange County Fictitious Business Name Registration

Agency:Orange County Clerk - Recorder Department (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$23

Notes:

Within 30 days from the date of filing a FBN Statement, applicants must start publishing in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the FBN Statement was filed. The publication runs once a week for 4 consecutive weeks.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$23

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Placer County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:Placer County Clerk-Recorder's Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement Application

Agency Fee:

$30 filing fee + $5.50 for each additional business name and/or owner on the same statement at the same location (if applicable)

Notes:

Within 30 days from the date of filing, the registrant must start publishing the statement in a newspaper of general circulation, in the county in which the principal place of business is located, once per week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$30 filing fee + $5.50 for each additional business name and/or owner on the same statement at the same location (if applicable)

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Riverside County Fictitious Business Name Registration

Agency:Riverside County Clerk (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$66 + $2 for each additional business name

Notes:

Within 30 days from the date of filing a FBN Statement, applicants must start publishing in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the FBN Statement was filed. The publication runs once a week for 4 consecutive weeks.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$66 + $2 for each additional business name

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Sacramento County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:Sacramento County Department of Finance - Tax Collection and Business License Unit (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency Fee:

$44 for the first name/business owner and $8 for each additional name/business owner

Notes:

New FBN filings must be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the fictitious business name was filed. The statement must be published once a week for four successive weeks with at least five days between each date of publication.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$44 for the first name/business owner and $8 for each additional name/business owner

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

San Bernardino County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder-Clerk's Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$55 for the first name and $10 for each additional name and/or registrant

Notes:

New FBN filings and renewals with changes must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$55 for the first name and $10 for each additional name and/or registrant

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

San Joaquin County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:San Joaquin County Office of the Recorder-County Clerk (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$41 for the first name and $6 for each additional name and/or registrant

Notes:

New FBN filings and renewals with changes must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$41 for the first name and $6 for each additional name and/or registrant

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

San Luis Obispo County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder's Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$60.50 for the first name and $8 for each additional name and/or registrant

Notes:

New FBN filings and renewals with changes must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$60.50 for the first name and $8 for each additional name and/or registrant

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

San Mateo County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:San Mateo County Clerk-Recorder’s Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency Fee:

$34 for the first name and $5 for each additional name and/or registrant

Notes:

New FBN filings and renewals with changes must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$34 for the first name and $5 for each additional name and/or registrant

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Santa Barbara County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder's Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$47 for the first name and $5 for each additional name and/or registrant

Notes:

New FBN filings and renewals with changes must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$47 for the first name and $5 for each additional name and/or registrant

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Santa Clara Fictitious Business Name Registration

Agency:County of Santa Clara Office of the County Clerk-Recorder (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency Fee:

$40 + $7 for each additional owner or business name

Notes:

Within 30 days from the date of filing a FBN Statement, applicants must start publishing in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the FBN Statement was filed. The publication runs once a week for 4 consecutive weeks.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$40 + $7 for each additional owner or business name

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Shasta County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:Shasta County Clerk's Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$61 for the first name and $9 for each additional name and/or registrant

Notes:

New FBN filings and renewals with changes must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$61 for the first name and $9 for each additional name and/or registrant

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Solano County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:Solano County Clerk's Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50 for the first name and $7 for each additional name and/or registrant

Notes:

New FBN filings and renewals with changes must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50 for the first name and $7 for each additional name and/or registrant

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Sonoma County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Department - County Clerk Division (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Application for Fictitious Business Name

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$55 for the first name and $9 for each additional name and/or registrant

Notes:

New FBN filings and renewals with changes must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Form:

Application for Fictitious Business Name (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$55 for the first name and $9 for each additional name and/or registrant

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Stanislaus County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:Stanislaus County Clerk-Recorder's Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$34 for the first name and $7 for each additional name and/or registrant

Notes:

New FBN filings and renewals with changes must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$34 for the first name and $7 for each additional name and/or registrant

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Tulare County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:Tulare County Clerk-Recorder's Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency Fee:

$45 for the first name and $7 for each additional name and/or registrant

Notes:

New FBN filings and renewals with changes must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$45 for the first name and $7 for each additional name and/or registrant

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Ventura County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:Ventura County Clerk's Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$53 for the first name and $10 for each additional name and/or registrant

Notes:

New FBN filings and renewals with changes must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$53 for the first name and $10 for each additional name and/or registrant

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

Yolo County Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency:Yolo County Clerk-Recorder's Office (CA)

Initial Registration
Fictitious Business Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement

Agency Fee:

$55 for the first name and $8 for each additional name and/or registrant

Notes:

New FBN filings and renewals with changes must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. The publication must be once a week for four successive weeks.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name

Form:

Fictitious Business Name Statement (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$55 for the first name and $8 for each additional name and/or registrant

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of filing.

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