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Fictitious Business Names:
Who Must File

People and Organizations Who Must File A Fictitious Business Name Statement:

  • In the case of an Individual, a name that does not include the surname (last name) of the individual owner.
    • The fictitious business name may not suggest the existence of additional owners (such as “Company”, “& Son(s)”, “Brothers”, “& Associates”, etc).
  • In the case of a Corporation, a fictitious business name is any name other than the exact corporate name as stated in the articles of incorporation.
  • In the case of a Limited Partnership, any name other than the name of the partnership on file with the Secretary of State.
  • In the case of a Limited Liability Company, any name other than the name stated in its articles of organization.

Those Who Are Not Required to File a Fictitious Business Name Statement:

  • Nonprofit Organizations or Associations such as fraternal and charitable organizations, churches, hospitals, or labor unions
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts having an authorized agent on file with the Secretary of State pursuant to Corporation Code §24003






Yolo County Clerk-Recorder

530-666-8130
Fax: 530-666-8109
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625 Court Street, Room B01
Woodland, California 95695

P.O. Box 1130
Woodland, California 95776-1130