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Florida DBA / Fictitious Name / Trade Name Registrations

Registration requirements for Florida 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.

Florida Fictitious Name Registrations

Florida Fictitious Name Registration

Is registration mandatory?

Business entities operating under a name other than their legal name must file a fictitious name registration.

County Level Filing:

Filing is not required at the county level.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?

Fictitious name registration serves only to inform the public and does not prevent another organization from using the same name.

Agency:Florida Department of State - Division of Corporations
Law:

Florida Statutes § 865.09

Initial Registration
Fictitious Name

Form:

Fictitious Name Registration

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$50 (There is an additional $30 fee for a certified copy of fictitious name registration and an additional $10 fee for a certificate of status)

Turnaround:

2-3 business days online or 3-5 business days by mail.

Is registration mandatory?:

Business entities operating under a name other than their legal name must file a fictitious name registration.

Law:

Florida Statutes § 865.09

County Level Filing:

Filing is not required at the county level.

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

Fictitious name registration serves only to inform the public and does not prevent another organization from using the same name.

Notes:
  • Search the online records prior to filing to ensure that the name you choose is distinguishable.
  • You will receive a confirmation letter by email or mail after your registration is processed.
  • The registered fictitious name must be published in a newspaper at least once within the county where your principal place of business is located.

Registration Renewal
Fictitious Name Renewal

Form:

Fictitious Name Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$50

Turnaround:

2-3 business days online or 3-5 business days by mail.

Due:

By December 31 of the fifth year of registration and every 5 years thereafter.

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