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How to File a Fictitious Business Name in San Francisco?
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Posted On : Mon Aug 29th,2016

How to File a Fictitious Business Name in San Francisco?


Purpose of Registering a DBA in San Francisco County California?


  • You can file a DBA to start a Sole Proprietorship in San Francisco County under your legal name and use a business name to advertise. OR
  • You can add  an additional business name as a  DBA  (Doing Business As) under your legal entity name is registered with the California Secretary of state.


The Instructions of Filing a Fictitious Business Name (FBN) in San Francisco California




Search name to make sure it is available to register. You can send a request by using a following link.




  •    Fill out Complete Business Registration Certificate application.
  •     Pay registration fee.
  •     Pay any prior delinquent taxes.
  •     You will receive the official certificate from the San Francisco County Clerk Office



Note: New accounts require copy of receipt from Tax Collector's Office. Delinquent accounts require Original Temporary Verification of Registration (TVR) from Tax Collector's Office.Upon filing, an "Endorsed" copy of the FBN statement (usually yellow-colored) will be provided along with a receipt.  STEP 4

An "ENDORSED" copy of the filed statement will be issued to you.

You must publish with one San Francisco legal court approved newspaper (see legally adjudicated newspaper) within 30 days from the date of filing, once a week for 4 consecutive weeks.

Please Read: FBN Publication Requirement Instructions

Note: Be sure to contact newspaper companies early enough as they may not be able to publish immediately.


Register Sole Proprietorship in San Francisco California as a Non Resident

A nonresident who does not live in the San Franciso County cannot establish a Sole Proprietorship.


Opening Business Bank Account


You should open a business account to maintain your daily  business activities to file your taxes accurately.


A request to retrieve Filed Documents


 You can always request to the state to retrieve a duplicate copy of your filed documents.


Workers Compensation and Disability Insurance  You are required to maintain the insurances for your employess (if applicable). 


Basic Tax Filings


  • Sole Propritorship business will file Form 1040 end of the year.
  • Yearly Filing State and Local taxes(if applicable).
  • Sales Tax Reruns if selling taxable products of licenses. Make sure you have obtained a Seller's Permit from the Board of Equalization.

  • File Payroll taxes, and make sure that you have obtained registration to hire employee(s).


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