Business Name Registration
Registering Fictitious Business Names
Before applying for a business license through the Commissioner of Revenue, business owners must register the business name with the Circuit Court Clerk if the business will be operating under an assumed or fictitious name. Once registered, the Circuit Court Clerk's Office will issue a receipt that can then be presented to the Commissioner of Revenue as proof that the business name has been registered. View registration forms and fees.
Trade names using first and last names do not need to be recorded. Trade names using only an individual's initials or any other fictitious names that differ from the actual sole proprietor, partnership, or corporate name must be recorded in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
It is unnecessary to register the business name if the business will be incorporated and business will be conducted under the corporate name.
Submitting by Mail
When submitting a fictitious name certificate through the mail, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of the receipt and any copies requested.
Fictitious names are recorded in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office at 550 Boulevard. Recording hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Documents presented after normal recording hours will be recorded the next business day.
Searching Registered Names
Before registering a fictitious name, business owners are encouraged to research names already registered to ensure that the name to be registered is available. Indexes of all fictitious names on record are available in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
For additional information regarding fictitious names, contact the Circuit Court Clerk's Office at (804) 520-9364.