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Fictitious Business Name (FBN) Statement


The Santa Clara Clerk-Recorder's web site will be unavailable on Sunday (11/8/2020) starting from 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M.​

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 by using our Self-Service search system.

  2. Applications can be downloaded from our web site and submitted to our office as follows:

    • Online services are unavailable until further notice.

    • In-person:  The Clerk-Recorder's Office will not be able to provide services for walk-in customers from March 16, 2020, until further notice. 

    • By-Mail / Dropbox:  Submit completed application, a self-addressed stamped envelope to our office, and fees.

      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​ 
Last updated: 11/6/2020 9:59 AM