Pennsylvania 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
|Agency:||Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations|
Mail or online.
|Is registration mandatory?:|
Filing a fictitious name registration is mandatory to conduct business under any other name than your personal legal name or a registered business name.
|County Level Filing:|
Filing is not required at the county level.
|Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?:|
Registration of a trade name does not confer ownership rights and does not prevent another entity from using the same fictitious name.