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Filing a Fictitious Business Name

A Fictitious Business Name may be filed online, by mail, in person or through your local newspaper.

Fictitious Business Name filing forms are available online, at all office locations, and you may also request a form in writing.

 

Apply Online

NOTE: PERSONAL ATTENDANCE AND PAYMENT ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL FBN FILINGS SUBMITTED ONLINE

To ensure the name you intend to file is not already registered, search the Registry of Fictitious Business Names.

To search and apply for your Fictitious Business Name statement click here.

To refile your Fictitious Business Name click here.

To withdraw registrants from your Fictitious Business Name click here.

To abandon business names from your existing Fictitious Business Name filing click here.


File in Person

To ensure the name you intend to file is not already registered, search the Registry of Fictitious Business Names located at the County Clerk office nearest you. We also urge you to search any other sources available to you to be sure the name is not already in use.

Present a completed FBN filing form and Affidavit of Identity, along with payment, at the customer counter. Two copies of the Statement will be returned to you.

The fee to register a Fictitious Business Name is $58.00 for the first business name and owner AND $2.00 for each additional business name at same address OR owner name.

You may file a Fictitious Business Name Statement at any of the Riverside County Clerk locations.

Requirements for Affidavit of Identity
• Over the Counter: Business owners are required to fill out the top portion of the form and show a government issued ID in order to verify they are the authorized signer.

• Submission by Third Party: Any filings submitted by a Third Party/Agent/Courier will require a completed Affidavit of Identity form signed by the Registrant and acknowledged by a notary, as well as page 2 of Affidavit of Identity form completed and ID presented.
 

File by Mail

Complete the official Fictitious Business Name and Affidavit of Identity filing form in black ink.

The fee to register a Fictitious Business Name is $58.00 for the first business name and owner AND $2.00 for each additional business name at same address OR owner name.

Payment may be by check or Money Order payable to the Riverside County Clerk.

Send all completed forms, along with appropriate fees and a legal-sized self-addressed stamped envelope to:

RIVERSIDE COUNTY CLERK
PO BOX 751
RIVERSIDE CA 92502-0751


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RIVERSIDE COUNTY CLERK
38-686 EL CERRITO ROAD 
PALM DESERT CA 92211


Copies will not be returned without a self-addressed stamped envelope.

This office CANNOT accept responsibility for any filing attempted by mail.

Requirements for Affidavit of Identity
• Submission by Mail: Business owners will be required to fill out the entire Affidavit of Identity form and have the bottom portion acknowledged by a notary and mailed in along with the complete FBN form and payment.

 

 

File by Newspaper

To save you a trip to the County Clerk's office, many newspapers in Riverside County will file your fictitious statement for you. Call your nearest adjudicated newspaper to find out if they offer this service. A listing of adjudicated newspapers serving Riverside County, including contact information, may be downloaded here.

Requirements for Affidavit of Identity
• Submission by Newspaper: Any filings submitted by a Third Party/Agent/Courier will require a completed Affidavit of Identity form signed by the Registrant and acknowledged by a notary, as well as page 2 of the Affidavit of Identity form completed and ID presented.

If Filing as a Corporation, LLC or Limited Partnership
A registrant that is a corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership, will require a completed Affidavit of Identity form signed by the Registrant and also must submit an original Certificate of Status issued by the Secretary of State certifying the current existence and good standing of that business entity. To obtain a current certificate of status from the California Secretary of State you may visit their website at   http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/.