Indiana Fictitious Name Registration & Renewal

Registration requirements for Indiana 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:Indiana Secretary of State - Business Services Division

Certificate of Assumed Business Name

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$10 online or $26 by mail for nonprofits and $20 online or $30 by mail for corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships.

Is registration mandatory?:

Registration of an assumed name is required for most entities that plan to use a fictitious name. Sole-proprietorships and general partnerships that use an alternate name are required to file with the county recorder.

County Level Filing:

Only sole-proprietorships and general partnerships need to file at the county level.

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

Registration of an assumed name does not confer ownership rights.

  • Entities required to file with the county recorder are generally required to submit a notarized application with a nominal filing fee.
  • Publication of registration is not required in Indiana.

Renewal Filing

Not required

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