Virginia DBA / Fictitious Name / Trade Name Registrations
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.
Virginia General Business Licenses
Virginia Fictitious Name Registration
Assumed or Fictitious Name
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.
VA Code § 59.1-69
|County Level Filing:|
Fictitious and assumed names are now filed with the Corporation Commission and not with individual counties.
|Does registration prevent others from using the name I choose?:|
Registration of a fictitious name does not offer name protection.
Publication of registration is not required in Virginia.
Renewal Not Required
Registrations do not currently expire.