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File a Fictitious Business Name In-person

NOTICE: We are accepting Fictitious Business Name Statements for filing through the mail ONLY at this time.

Requirements for Filing a Fictitious Business Name

  • Owner must sign (corporate officer if corporation; manager or officer if limited liability company; general partner if partnership; trustee if trust).
  • Street address of principal place of business and county must be listed (corporation/limited liability companies must include address as set out in its articles of incorporation on file with the Secretary of State and the state of incorporation/organization).
  • If the registrant is a corporation, a limited liability company, a limited partnership, or a limited liability partnership, the county clerk will require a print-out issued by the California Secretary of State indicating the current existence and good standing of that business entity, no other state evidence will be accepted. This can be obtained by going to the California Secretary of State website at businesssearch.sos.ca.gov.
  • All owners and their residence addresses must be listed.
  • Filed copy of statement must be published once per week for four consecutive weeks in an adjudicated newspaper in Los Angeles County (see list of General Circulation Newspapers online or at the County Clerk's office).
  • Publication must begin within 30 days after a fictitious business name statement has been filed, pursuant to Business & Professions Code 17917(a)
  • Effective January 1, 2015, pursuant to Senate Bill 1467, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's Office will require a Notarized Affidavit of Identity form to accompany all Fictitious Business Name Statements (Original, Refile and New).
    • Mail-In: Registrants are required to submit a completed FBN statement, and notarized Affidavit of Identity form. Please expect delays in our mail processing due to COVID-19.
  • For applicable Fictitious Business Name Statement filings, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk will require proof of current existence and good standing from the California Secretary of State; no other state evidence will be accepted.

File a Fictitious Business Name Online (First Step)

Online Business Filing & Registration System

You must complete the Online FBN system (link above) and receive a confirmation number and print out the Fictitious Business Name Statement and Affidavit of Identity forms to complete and mail in.

Small Business Incentives/Doing Business with Los Angeles County

Learn more about the available opportunities for small businesses looking to sell goods or services to the County, the State, and the Federal Government by visiting the Office of Small Business.

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Alert - COVID-19

The Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk will close all of its offices to the public effective Monday, March 16 as a precautionary measure to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, all mail and online orders are experiencing processing delays. Thank you for your patience and please click here for updated information regarding COVID-19.