File a Fictitious Business Name In-person
Visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk in Norwalk.
Make a request in room 1201 on the 1st floor.
Print a receipt.
Take the receipt to the cashier in room 1201.
File a Fictitious Business Name Online
Online Business Filing & Registration System
Requirements for Filing a Fictitious Business Name
- Owner must sign (corporate officer if corporation; manager or officer if limited liability company; general partner if partnership; trustee if trust).
- Street address of principal place of business and county must be listed (corporation/limited liability companies must include address as set out in its articles of incorporation on file with the Secretary of State and the state of incorporation/organization).
- All owners and their residence addresses must be listed.
- Filed copy of statement must be published once per week for four consecutive weeks in an adjudicated newspaper in Los Angeles County (see list of General Circulation Newspapers online or at the County Clerk's office).
- Publication must begin within 30 days of filing
- Effective January 1, 2015, pursuant to Senate Bill 1467, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's Office will require a Notarized Affidavit of Identity form to accompany all Fictitious Business Name Statements (Original, Refile and New).
- In-Person: Registrants are required to present a completed FBN statement, show valid identification and complete and Affidavit of Identity form.
- Mail-In: Registrants are required to submit a completed FBN statement, and notarized Affidavit of Identity form.
- Third Party: Persons presenting FBN statements on behalf of the registrant must show valid identification, and submit the completed notarized Affidavit of Identity and Agent form.
- For applicable Fictitious Business Name Statement filings, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk will require proof of current existence and good standing from the California Secretary of State; no other state evidence will be accepted.
Small Business Incentives/Doing Business with Los Angeles County
Learn more about the available opportunities for small businesses looking to sell goods or services to the County, the State, and the Federal Government by visiting the Office of Small Business.