Fictitious Business Name

Effective Monday, July 20, 2020, the Clerk-Recorder Department will be closing its branch offices in Anaheim, Laguna Hills and at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana.

The department's office at the County Service Center in Santa Ana will remain open but only offer over-the-counter service for birth, death, and marriage certificates, all professional registrations, and real property document recordings. All other services will be offered by mail only. 

Effective July 20, 2020, the following services must be requested via mail. No over-the-counter service will be available until further notice:

  • Fictitious Business Name Statements
  • Official Records Copies
  • Notary Registrations
  • EIR Filings

For more information about the services being offered by the Clerk-Recorder Department, please call the department's information line at (714) 834-2500, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays. 

Fictitious Business Name


To make available to the public the identities of those persons or entities doing business under fictitious business namesA business name that DOES NOT include the surname of an individual owner.     

Who Should File?

Persons or entities doing business for profit under a fictitious name (does not include surname).

Where to File?

The statement must be filed in the county of the principal place of business. After filing in the county of principal, the statement may be filed in other counties.



Search FBN Name

Note: It is the registrant’s responsibility to search the name before filing.


New Statement






Filing in Person? 

No over-the-counter services is available at this time. See instructions below to mail your statement. 




(Monday – Friday)

Central Office

601 N. Ross St.

Santa Ana, CA 92701

8am – 4:30pm

North County Branch Office

222 S. Harbor Blvd, Ste. 110A

Anaheim, CA 92805

9am – 4:30pm

South County Branch Office

24031 El Toro Rd.

Laguna Hills, CA 92653

9am – 4:30pm


To complete your online FBN application before visiting our office, please click here

Payment Options

In-person payment can be made by check, money order or one of the following debit/credit cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.


Mail Requests

Please complete an online application.  All FBN applications sent by mail must contain an original wet signature and include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Please mail to:

OC Clerk-Recorder

PO BOX 238

Santa Ana, CA 92702


Payments by Mail

Payment by mail can be made by check or money order, payable to OC Clerk-Recorder.



Filing fee for one business name and one registrant


Each additional business name


Each additional registrant after the first two






Certified Copy



The registrant must publish the statement once a week for 4 consecutive weeks in a legally adjudicated newspaper of general circulation in the county where the fictitious business name is filed.

The first publication of the statement must appear in the newspaper within 30 days from the filing date or it becomes obsolete and must be refiled as a new statement. 

Note: A refile does not require publication.

Please click here for a non-exclusive list of adjudicated newspapers.  There may be other adjudicated newspapers that do not appear on this list.



Need to Refile? Please click here


Need to Abandon?  Please click here


Need to Withdraw?  Please click here


Need a Change? Please click here