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 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 now available through our Self-Service portal.  
  • 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​ 



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


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