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South Carolina DBA / Fictitious Name / Trade Name Registrations

Registration requirements for South Carolina 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.

South Carolina Fictitious Name Registrations

South Carolina Assumed Name Certificate

Is registration mandatory?

Required only for limited partnerships that plan to use a name other than name shown on its certificate of registration.

County Level Filing:

Filing is not required at the county level.

Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?

Registration of an assumed name does not confer ownership rights and does not prevent another entity from using the same fictitious name.

Agency:South Carolina Secretary of State - Division of Business Filings
Law:

SC Code § 33-42-45

Initial Registration
Fictitious or Assumed Name

Form:

Assumed Name Certificate

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$10

Is registration mandatory?:

Required only for limited partnerships that plan to use a name other than name shown on its certificate of registration.

County Level Filing:

Filing is not required at the county level.

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

Registration of an assumed name does not confer ownership rights and does not prevent another entity from using the same fictitious name.

Notes:
  • Only limited partnerships file assumed name registrations in South Carolina.
  • File two copies of the form with registration.
  • Publication of registration is not required in South Carolina.

Registration Renewal
Renewal of Fictitious or Assumed Name

Form:

Assumed Name Certificate (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$10

Due:

By December 31 of the 5th full calendar year following the most recent date of registration.

Law:

SC Code § 33-42-45

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