A fictitious business name is the name of a business that does not include the surname (last name) of all the individuals who own the business, or a business name that suggests the existence of additional owners, such as the words company or association. In the case of a corporation, a fictitious business name is any name other than the corporate name stated in its articles of incorporation.
No fictitious business name may include the words "corporation," "Inc.," "incorporation," or "Corp.," unless it is a corporation registered with the Secretary of State.
When to File
The statement must be filed not later than 40 days from commencement of business.
Where to File
File with the county clerk of the county of your principal place of business. In Plumas County, the Fictitious Business Name Form with Information and Code Sections may be obtained from and filed with the Plumas County Clerk - Recorder. Completed applications may be mailed to this office. Three copies will be returned. The certified copy is to go to the bank. One copy is for publication and the remaining copy is for your records.
There is a $20 fee for filing the statement, plus $5 for each additional fictitious name and partner name. One free certified copy is given to the registrant at filing. Additional certified copies are $2.75 each.
||Expiration of Fictitious Business Name Statement
The statement expires at the end of five years from the date it was filed with the County Clerk.
Abandonment & Withdrawal
Forms and information regarding abandonment and withdrawal from a fictitious business name may be obtained from the County Clerk - Recorder's Office.
Penalty for Not Filing
No action in the name of your fictitious name may be maintained in court until all filing requirements are completed.
Publication of Statement
Within 30 days of the filing of the statement, the applicant is required to have the statement published.
Duplication of Fictitious Names
The legislation was not intended to eliminate duplication or similarity of fictitious names. The County Clerk - Recorder has no authority to not file on grounds that the same or a similar name is already on file. It is recommended that you review the Fictitious Business Name Index to insure that the name you choose has not already been registered.