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How to File Fictitious Business Name (FBN) Statement in Santa Clarita, California?
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Posted On : Tue Aug 23rd,2016

How to File Fictitious Business Name (FBN) Statement in Santa Clarita, California?

Who files a DBA in Santa Clarita,CA?


  • Fictitious Business Name (FBN) Statement Naming your business is an important decision.
  • All enterprises within Los Angeles County that operate a business for-profit are required to do so under a fictitious name.
  • A fictitious name must be filed within forty (40) days from the first business transaction.
  • The name chosen must not be previously taken by an existing company.
  • Business and Professional Code 17918 specifies that “No person transacting business under a fictitious business name contrary to the provisions of this chapter, or his assignee, may maintain any action upon or on account of any contract made, or transaction had, in the fictitious business name in any court of this state until the fictitious business name statement has beenexecuted, filed, and published as required by this chapter.”


 What is a Fictitious Name in Santa Clarity, California?


The fictitious name, or trade name, is defined in the California Business & Professions Code (Sections 17900-17930) as: 


  • In the case of an individual: a name that does not include the surname of the individual, or a name that suggests the existence of additional owners.
  • With partnerships or other associations of persons not on file with the Secretary of State as a domestic or limited partnership: a name that does not include the surname of each general partner, or a name that suggests the existence of additional owners.
  • With a corporation: any name other than the corporate name stated in its Articles of Incorporations.
  • With a domestic or foreign limited partnership filed with the Secretary of State: any name other than the name of the limited partnership as on file with the Secretary of State.



 Filing Requirement to fila an Assumed Name in Santa Clarity, California:



  • Check the business name availability to ensure the name you are going to submit is available. You can send a request using free business name search online form.
  • 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).
  • All owners and their residence addresses must be listed.
  • All applications must be signed and notarized by the owners.
  • Publication must begin within 30 days of filing.
  • County Clerks are responsible for determining the acceptability, not the legal sufficiency of all documents presented for filing.
  • Processing time-You can check the estimated time to file your dba license on site.
  • A fictitious business name statement for a DBA expires five years from the date it was filed with the county clerk's office. A renewal statement must be filed before expiration if you continue to use the DBA and none of the information in your original filing has changed. Renewal filings do not have to be published. Whenever the information in your originally filed fictitious business name statement changes, you must file a new statement. If you stop using your DBA before your fictitious business name statement expires, you are required to file a statement of abandonment for the DBA in the same manner you filed your original statement, including publication.



FBN Publication:

State law requires that within 30 days the registrant publish a statement in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located for the duration of once a week for four successive weeks. The following is a suggested list of publications that circulate within the Santa Clarita Valley and neighboring cities.


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