Assumed Names

Assumed Names (Doing Business As or DBA), are valid for a period not to exceed 10 years and are normally registered within the same county in which your business is located. However, you can register your business in as many counties as you would like.

The County Clerk's Office has no requirement for the number of signatures on the certificate. But recommends that you ask your bank and/or CPA to determine how to file your assumed name.

The County Clerk's Office will not research the availability of a business name and does not verify that a duplicate filing has occurred. Computers are available in our office to search our Assumed Name records.

If a corporation and an unincorporated company have very similar names and there is a problem, neither automatically has the right to the name. If both parties have properly filed the Assumed Name Certificate the courts will most likely have to decide this matter. Therefore, it is important to do a thorough search when considering a business name.

Abandonment of Assumed Name requires any signatures from the original Assumed Name.

For more information please visit the State Comptroller's Website or contact our office at 409-267-2418.

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