The process of obtaining a business name depends on which type of business structure you have chosen. In most cases, the business name is referred to as a “fictitious” business name. This means that the name represents a business. You may have heard of a “DBA” – this stands for “Doing Business As.” A company’s DBA is the same as the company’s fictitious business name.Does Your Business Require a Fictitious Business Name?
If you will be establishing your business within Santa Clara County:
- All businesses conducted under any name that does not include ALL owners’ last names within the business name must obtain a Fictitious Business Name Statement.
- All businesses conducted by a corporation, limited partnership (LP), limited liability partnership (LLP), or a limited liability company (LLC) must obtain a Fictitious Business Name Statement.
If the above does not apply to you and your business, then your business may not need a Fictitious Business Name Statement.
If you will be establishing your business within a different county, check local regulations to determine whether or not you will need to obtain a Fictitious Business Statement for your business.
How to File for a Fictitious Business Name in Santa Clara County:
Businesses may file for a Fictitious Business Name in-person, via regular mail or online. For more information, visit the Santa Clara County Office of the Clerk Recorder.
How BOS Partners Can Help:
For further information and support regarding obtaining a Fictitious Business Name Statement, contact one or more of the BOS partners below -– each has information and resources that can assist you:
- AnewAmerica - San Jose
- City of San Jose - Public Library
- Gilroy Economic Development Corporation (GEDC)
- Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley
- Japanese American Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley
- Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce
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