California Fictitious Name Registration & Renewal
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
|Is registration mandatory?:|
Registration of fictitious names is required. This applies to a sole proprietor seeking a business name that does not include his surname, a general partnership seeking a business name that does not include the surnames of all owners, and a business seeking a second "doing business as" name.
|Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?:|
Fictitious name registration does not offer name protection.
Renewal is generally due 5 years from the date of the most recent registration.