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County of Madera

California

County Clerk

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Fictitious Business Name Statement

What is a fictitious Business Name?

One of the responsibilities of the County Clerk's office is to record the filing of a "Fictitious Name Statement" for businesses wishing to conduct business in the County.

The reason behind having fictitious business names registered is so that it is easy to track down who actually owns a company in the case of a problem. It also allows the business owner to enforce contracts signed under the name of the business.

 

In California, fictitious business statements are governed by Business and Professions Code Section 17900-17930 which says that in the case of an individual, a name that does not include the surname of the individual or a name that suggests the existence of additional owners requires filing a fictitious business statement. For example, Smith Widgets would not require a fictitious business statement because it contains John Smith's last name. In most states however the last name alone is not enough. As far as JS Widgets goes, a fictitious business statement would be required as the initials of John Smith are not sufficient to convey who he his.

In the case of an individual-

    • a name that does not include the owner(s) surname or suggests the existence of additional owners, such as Sons, Associates, Brothers, Company.

In the case of a partnership or other association of person-

    • a name that does not include the surname of each general partner or a name that suggests the existence of additional owners.

In the case of a corporation -

    • any name other than the corporate name stated in its articles of incorporation.

In the case of a limited partnership -

    • any name other than the name of the limited partnership as on file with the Secretary of State.

In the case of a limited liability company -

    • any name other than the name of the LLC as on file with the Secretary of State.

Fee and Forms

(These forms are fillable to print and mail)

Filing Fictitious Business Name Statement  

(each additional business name or owner name: $7.00)

$25.00

Abandon Fictitious Business Name Statement

15.00

Withdrawal from Partnership

15.00

Certified Copy of Fictitious Business Name Statement

2.25

Note: All information contained in the statement is public record

If you have any questions regarding the filing of your fictitious business name statement, please call, e-mail or come to our office.

Rebecca Martinez Madera County Clerk/Recorder/Registrar of Voters
Rebecca Martinez Madera County Clerk/Recorder/Registrar
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Contact the County Clerk

County Clerk
200 W. 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637
(559)675-7721
Fax: (559)675-7870
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General County Contact

General County Contact
200 W. 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637
559-675-7703
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Use this number to get general information about the County or County departments.  

For non-emergency information or service, dial 311