How to File a Fictitious Business Name in Los Angeles

A business owner in Los Angeles may at times choose not to use their legal name for the business. They, however, will be required to file a fictitious business name paperwork with the Los Angeles County registrar.

Want to file a fictitious business name in Los Angeles? Well according to California State Law, every business owner using a fictitious business name also commonly known as a DBA (doing business as) needs to file a fictitious business name statement with the clerk of the county where the business is principally located.

Corporations and LLCs who register a fictitious business name in Los Angeles County are required by law to renew their paperwork every five years, and should file the appropriate paperwork within 40 days of starting their company.

 

What are the steps involved in filing a fictitious business name?

 With the help of your lawyer, the following steps are important in assisting you file a fictitious name in Los Angeles;

 

Step one

First things first, ensure that you have conducted a name availability search online using the Los Angeles County Registrar Website. This particular preliminary search ensures that the fictitious business name that you are about to file can easily be distinguished from other registered fictitious business names registered with the Los Angeles County Registrar.

To be able to complete a detailed search, mail a written name inquiry letter to the business filling and Registration Section, Rm. 2001, 12400 Imperial Hwy., Norwalk, CA 90650. However, as a publication, it will cost you $5 per name to be able to complete the detailed search by mail.

You can also complete a detailed name availability search in person at the Los Angeles County Registrar LAX District Office. There is no search fee when you do this in person. The name search can be conducted Monday through to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm Pacific Standard Time.

 

Step Two

 The next step involves printing the fictitious business name statement from the Los Angeles County Registrar Website. You can call and have the fictitious business name statement sent by mail through the number 562-462-2177. The fictitious business name application can be picked up in person at the Los Angeles County LAX Office.

 

Step Three

With the help of an attorney, complete the application for the fictitious business name statement. Make sure that you have provided the fictitious name and location of the business.

You should also state the owner’s name, address and the state of incorporation in case the business is incorporated. Also, ensure that you have indicated the nature of the structure of the business and sign the fictitious business name statement.

 

Step four

Now, you can file the fictitious business name statement with the Los Angeles County Registrar. This can be done by mailing the completed application to Business filling and Registration, P.O Box 1208, Norwalk, CA 90651-1208.

Deliver the completed fictitious name statement personally to LAX district office. File the fictitious name statement personally during normal business days between 8.30 am to 3.30 pm Pacific Standard Time. The publication costs are $26 in case you will want to file an application for a fictitious business name statement with the Los Angeles County Registrar.

 

Step Five

The final step will involve publishing the fictitious business name statement in a newspaper that operates in the Los Angeles County. Accepted newspaper publications include;

•    The Argonaut

•    The Los Angeles Times

•    The Los Angeles Sentinel

•    The Alhambra Post-Advocate

Lastly, a fictitious business name statement for a DBA expires after five years from the date that it was filed with the county clerk’s office. A renewal Statement must be filed before the expiration. It is also very important to seek legal advice from a qualified lawyer to ensure that you have properly gone through all the steps and process involved to avoid any legal tussles in the future.

 

Need help filing a Fictitious Business name in Los Angeles? Sam Mollaei, Esq., business lawyer, can be reached by email [email protected] or via phone (818) 925-0002.

Mollaei Law is a law firm specializing in business law serving businesses and entrepreneurs. We provide legal expertise in all stages of business development by drafting and reviewing contracts and agreements, assisting transactions and negotiating, forming LLC’s and Corporations, registering trademarks and copyrights, business planning, and answering any legal questions you may have about your business.

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