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 or “Doing Business As”(DBA).  A company’s DBA is the same as the company’s fictitious business name, and is the name that represents a business. 

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.