Kentucky Fictitious Name Registration & Renewal

Registration requirements for Kentucky 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:Kentucky Secretary of State
Form:

Certificate of Assumed Name

Filing method:

Mail or in-person.

Agency fee:

$20

Is registration mandatory?:

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

Law:

KRS § 365.015

County Level Filing:

Only sole-proprietorships are required to apply for assumed name registration with the county clerk. Other entities may, however, be required to file a copy of their secretary of state assumed name application with the county clerk.

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

Registration of an assumed name does not offer name protection, however, names must be distinguishable from all other names on record with the secretary of state.

Notes:
  • File an amended certificate of assumed name if your business information changes.
  • Publication of registration is not required in Kentucky.

Renewal Filing

Agency:Kentucky Secretary of State
Form:

Renewal of Assumed Name

Filing method:

Mail or in-person.

Agency fee:

$20

Due:

Due by the date of registration every 5 years.

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