Assumed Name (Doing Business As)

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New businesses which are not incorporated may file a Notice of Doing Business Under an Assumed Name with the Register of Deeds.

Assumed Name forms for sole proprietorship, partnerships, and corporations doing business under an assumed name may be accessed below. The filer is welcome to perform a name search in the Register of Deeds Office in order to verify that the business name is not already being used, but the Register of Deeds staff cannot perform this search.

Fee for recording an Assumed Name is the same as for other real estate documents: $26.00 for the first 15 pages and $4.00 for each additional page. *Non - Standard Fees May Apply*

Additional information regarding assumed names may be obtained from the Business Link North Carolina Office, a division of the NC Department of Commerce.

Business Link North Carolina:
Toll number: 919.807.4280
Toll free number: 800.228.8443

The following forms may be obtained from the Business Forms screen of the Business Link North Carolina website www.blnc.gov/start-your-business/business-forms:

  • Certificate of Assumed Name for a Sole Proprietorship, Partnership
  • Certificate of Assumed Name for a Corporation
  • Certificate of Transfer of Assumed Name
  • Certificate of Withdrawal of Assumed Name