Fictitious Business Name

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"FBN" also known as Doing Business As (DBA) 

  • A Fictitious Business Name Statement is designed to make available to the public the identities of persons doing business for profit under a fictitious name.
  • For an individual, it is a name that does not include the surname (last name) of the individual or a name that suggests the existence of additional owners such as “Company”, “& Associates” and the like.
  • For a corporation, it is a name that is not the same as in the Articles of Incorporation filed with the State.
  • Businesses that close or are sold to a new owner, the original owner shall file and publish a Statement of Abandonment.

  • A partner interested in withdrawing from a multi-partner FBN, file and publish a Statement of Withdrawal. 

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Complete and submit the Fictitious Business Name Application electronically or print for mailing.

Mailing the Application:

  • Complete and sign an original FBN, Abandonment, or Withdrawal application and make three copies.
  • Mail all pages along with payment and a self addressed stamped envelope to the County Clerk’s office. Extra postage is required.
  • If application is complete, Customer, Bank, and Publication copies will be sent back to you along with instructions for each copy.
    • If application is NOT complete or corrections need to be made, your original, along with your copies, payment, and return envelope will be returned to you along with a letter stating what information is missing. Please complete and return as soon as possible.

FBN Facts:

  • All information contained in the statement is a PUBLIC record.
  • Filing a name does not reserve the name for your exclusive use. The County Clerk’s office cannot refuse to file an FBN statement because the name is already being used by someone else. If there is a conflict between business owners using the same or similar names, it becomes a legal matter between the business owners.
  • An FBN must be filed no later than 40 days from the time you start doing business with the County Clerk in the county in which the registrant has his/her principal place of business.
  • You may file in person at the County Clerk’s office or by mail (see Mailing an Application).
    • The registrant or agent filing on behalf of the registrant shall present personal identification in the form of a California driver’s license or other government identification. 
    • Payment may be made by cash, pre-printed checks or money orders made payable to Shasta County Clerk, Credit or debit cards are also accepted with an additional convenience fee.
    • All necessary documents will be provided at the time of filing.
  • The filer is responsible for confirming that all information in the statement is correct and complete before filing it.
  • You cannot make any updates to the statement once it has been filed. Any changes require the filing of a new statement, payment of the filing fees again, and newspaper publication fees.
  • FBN statements are valid for five (5) years. If at any time there are changes to the facts of the filing, for example, ownership, business name and/or address change, a new statement must be filed.

 Application Process:

  • The registrant(s) must provide physical residence address under the registrant information.
  • If the registrant is a corporation or an LLC, the address as listed in the Articles of Incorporation along with the State of Incorporation/Organization must be listed.
  • New filings along with changes in the facts of original filings must be published by the registrant in a any of the four newspapers:
  • The first publication must begin within 30 days of the date the statement was filed in the County Clerk’s office. The newspaper will publish once a week for four consecutive weeks. Failure to publish timely will require a new filing along with all filing fees.
  • The proof of publication must be filed in the County Clerk’s office within thirty days of the last publication. Please check with the newspaper to see if they will forward the original to our office for filing.
  • A reminder notice that a filing is set to expire is mailed from the County Clerk within two weeks of the expiration date. There is a 40 day grace period following the date of expiration. It is the filer’s responsibility to re-file timely.
  • There is no need to republish the statement if it is filed timely and there has been no change in the information contained in the previously filed statement.

State of California - Secretary of State - Business Programs

Business and Professions Code 14411  and 17900