Pennsylvania Fictitious Name Registration & Renewal

Registration requirements for Pennsylvania 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:Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations

Registration of Fictitious Name

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:


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.

  • Firms using fictitious names must publish name, address, and other business information in two newspapers in the county of their principal office.

Renewal Filing

Not required

More information: Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations
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