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Fictitious Business Name (FBN) Statement

What is a Fictitious Business Name (FBN) Statement?

The purpose of registering a Fictitious Business Name (FBN) with the County Clerk Recorder is to ensure that consumers have access to the true name and address of the owners of a business (Business and Professions Code Section § 17920). 

To file, refile, or renew a Fictitious Business Name Statement, please follow these steps:

  1. First, research the business name to see if it is taken or look up your previous filing information.  Although we do offer a search service (with fees), it is much more economical and convenient to perform the search yourself at no cost.  You can do this in person or use our Self-Service search system.

  2. Applications can be obtained as follows:

    • Online:  You can complete and submit your application online through self service.  (IMPORTANT:  You must come in-person to the Santa Clara County Clerk Recorder's office to complete your request.)

    • In-person:  Come to the Clerk-Recorder's Office during regular hours.  Once you arrive, make your way to a self-service workstation to start your request.

    • By-Mail:  Send a request and a self-addressed stamped envelope to our office. 

      Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder's Office
      ATTN:  Business Division
      70 West Hedding Street, First Floor, East Wing
      San Jose, CA  95110

  3. Filing Fees
  4. Publish the statement IF required.  For a list of newspapers, view for more information​ 

Fictitious Business Name Statement (for mail in only)
Fictitious Business Name  Addendum (for mail in only)

Last updated: 12/17/2018 7:12 AM