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Applying for a Fictitious Business Name (FBN):
An FBN is also known as a doing business as (DBA) name. FBNs are designed to make the identities of persons doing business for profit under a fictitious name. Here are some things you will need to know before submitting your application for an FBN:
- Applicants are encouraged to submit their Application for Fictitious Business Name by US Mail to 2221 Kern Street, Fresno, California 93721. Applications are processed within 3 – 5 business days after receipt, not including U.S. Postal Service delivery time frames.
- Applications for an FBN can also be submitted in person at 2220 Tulare Street, County Plaza, 1st Floor, Fresno, California, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Customers are helped on a first come first served basis. Appointments are not accepted.
- Application fees are $35 for the first name and an additional $7.00 for each multiple name. See Fee Schedules for additional fees. Checks should be made payable to Fresno County Clerk. Mailed applications without proper payment will be rejected.
- An “Individual” filing is a name that does not include the surname of the individual or a name that suggests the existence of additional owners such as “Company”, “&”, “Associates” and the like.
- A “Corporation” is a name that is not the same as in the Articles of Incorporation.
- Filing an FBN statement does not reserve the name for exclusive use. The County Clerk’s office cannot refuse to file an FBN statement because the name is already being used by another party.
- All the information contained in an FBN statement is considered “PUBLIC” record.
- FBN statements are to be filed no later than forty (40) days from the start of conducting business.
- Changes to an FBN statement after the original filing requires the filing of a new statement, payment of fees, and newspaper publication fees again.
- FBN statements are valid for five (5) years. New or changes in information to an original FBN statement resulting in new facts of the original filing will require a new filing.
- If the business is sold, the original owner must file and publish a Statement of Abandonment.
- Can I use a P.O. Box Address?
- Registrant(s) must provide a physical residence address under the registrant information. P.O. boxes are not acceptable
- Do I need to publish my FBN filing?
- New FBN statement filings, along with changes to the facts or original filings, must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located. See List of Adjudicated Newspapers for reference.
- Where can I find the FBN requirements in State law?
- Business & Professions Code Sections 14411 and 17900 are sources of information for filing an FBN statement.
- Can I e-sign my application?
- Original or “wet” signatures are required on all FBN statement filings. No digital signatures are accepted.
- Is there a grace period for late filings?
- FBN statements have a 40-day grace period following the date of expiration for filing a renewal.