Filing a North Carolina Assumed Name or DBA

Before any sole proprietorship, general partnership or corporation and limited liability companies doing business under an assumed name or DBA engages in business in North Carolina, the business name must be properly registered.  To register your business name, you must file the form with the Register of Deeds office in the county or counties where you will do business.  There is no statewide name registration for sole proprietorships, general partnerships or corporations and limited liability companies doing business under an assumed name or DBA.

Business names for limited partnerships, LLCs, LLPs and corporations are registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office in the Corporations Division. CLICK HERE to form your NC INC or LLC.

The DBA Process

After deciding what type of business you are registering, there are several steps you need to take to file your North Carolina Assumed Name/DBA.

 

1.    Name Search - you will need to perform a name search to determine if the proposed business name has already been filed. The Register of Deeds office cannot perform the name search for you. Call or visit your local Register of Deeds office.

2.    Complete & Sign Form – This must be notarized before a notary public.  Most Register of Deeds offices do not have a notary available in their office.

3.    File with Fee - The fee for registering your form is $26.00.

 
 

Choose your Register of Deeds office (by County)

 

ALAMANCE

ALEXANDER

ALLEGHANY

ANSON

ASHE

AVERY

BEAUFORT

BERTIE

BLADEN

BRUNSWICK

BUNCOMBE

BURKE

CABARRUS

CALDWELL

CAMDEN

CARTERET

CASWELL

CATAWBA

CHATHAM

CHEROKEE

CHOWAN

CLAY

CLEVELAND

COLUMBUS

CRAVEN

CUMBERLAND

CURRITUCK

DARE

DAVIDSON

DAVIE

DUPLIN

DURHAM

EDGECOMBE

FORSYTH

FRANKLIN

GASTON

GATES

GRAHAM

GRANVILLE

GREENE

GUILFORD

HALIFAX

HARNETT

HAYWOOD

HENDERSON

HERTFORD

HOKE

HYDE

IREDELL

JACKSON

JOHNSTON

JONES

LEE

LENOIR

LINCOLN

MACON

MADISON

MARTIN

MCDOWELL

MECKLENBURG

MITCHELL

MONTGOMERY

MOORE

NASH

NEW HANOVER

NORTHAMPTON

ONSLOW

ORANGE

PAMLICO

PASQUOTANK

PENDER

PERQUIMANS

PERSON

PITT

POLK

RANDOLPH

RICHMOND

ROBESON

ROCKINGHAM

ROWAN

RUTHERFORD

SAMPSON

SCOTLAND

STANLY

STOKES

SURRY

SWAIN

TRANSYLVANIA

TYRRELL

UNION

VANCE

WAKE

WARREN

WASHINGTON

WATAUGA

WAYNE

WILKES

WILSON

YADKIN

YANCEY

 

Also Helpful

·         Form a North Carolina INC or LLC

·         North Carolina business license