A ﬁctitious business name statement (dba or “doing business as”) must be registered with the county clerk of the county of the registrant’s principal place of business if the business is any of the following: (i) sole proprietorship doing business under a name not containing the owner’s surname; (ii) partnership; or (iii) corporation doing business under a name other than its legal name.
A ﬁctitious business name statement expires ﬁve (5) years from the date it is ﬁled in the ofﬁce of the county clerk. A new ﬁctitious business name statement must be ﬁled prior to that date if the owner intends to continue doing business under that name. A registration renewal requires completion and ﬁling of the application along with the applicable ﬁling fee. A renewal does not require publication (certain publication requirements must be met for every new ﬁctitious business name application). Each county has its own form and fees, but the fees are typically in the $20.00 to $50.00 range.
If you would like further information or if you would like assistance in making an initial ﬁling or processing a renewal of your fictitious business name, please contact us.