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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2006

    Question How Multiple Fictitious Business Names OK?


    Are multiple fictitious business name OK with the county registrar? I thought there can only be one. How are there multiple ones registered?

    This particular name doesn't have a state LLC or Incorp, not even a trademark registered with USPTO. But there are several registered with the county.

    I reside in California.

    Even on the site it states, "Prior to opening a business, a business name must be selected that is not already in use and then registered."

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    San Diego
    I'm not sure I fully understand the question but you can register multiple DBA's at your county recorder's office. Go to the office and search their database of current registered names or search online if they provide it. If the exact name you want is not in use you're good to go. I think the application fee is $30 + $5 per extra DBA if applied for on the same form. You then have to put an ad in the paper for 4 weeks stating your intent to do business as your company name. What CA county do you live in?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    West Michigan, USA
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Washington, USA
    Business names can't be fictious, they're either registered or they're not registered. Is there a particular name you are trying to register that has been taken by some sort of non-existent business in your county?
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