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

ASSUMED BUSINESS NAMES IN NORTH CAROLINA

IMPORTANT NOTICE OF LAW CHANGE 

NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR FILING CERTIFICATES OF ASSUMED BUSINESS NAMES 

EXPIRATION OF FILED CERTIFICATES OF ASSUMED NAMES

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North Carolina law requires individuals, limited and general partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, and other persons that engage in business in this state under an assumed name to file a certificate with a register of deeds in a county in which the person or entity will be engaging in business. 

EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1, 2017, certificates must comply with content and execution requirements specified in the statutes for a certificate of assumed business name. The requirements are different than they were for a certificate of assumed name recorded under prior law.

Amendments to and withdrawals of certificates of assumed business names also must comply with new content and execution requirements. 

Certificates of assumed business names and amendments to and withdrawals of them will be transmitted into a statewide, central database maintained by the N.C. Secretary of State, which will be available for searches by the public. A single registration can be effective for multiple counties. The Secretary will maintain a website for this purpose at    www.sosnc.gov/abn/search   

The Secretary will assign an identification number (SOS ID) to each assumed business name that is recorded, to which amendments and withdrawals must refer. 

Compliant blank forms are available from registers of deeds upon request and may be downloaded from Business Link North Carolina at https://edpnc.com/start-or-grow-a-business/start-a-business/business-forms/   

Certificates of assumed names filed under the prior law will EXPIRE DECEMBER 1, 2022 Someone desiring to engage in business in N.C. under the assumed name after that date must file an assumed business name certificate in the new form.  

FOR DETAILS ABOUT THE FILING REQUIREMENTS FOR ASSUMED BUSINESS NAMES, AMENDMENTS, AND WITHDRAWALS REVIEW N.C Session Laws 2016-100 and 2017-23 (codified at Article 14A of Chapter 66 of the N.C. General Statutes)