Filing An Assumed Name (DBA)

NC General Statute § 66-68 requires that "before any person or partnership engages in business in any county in this State under an assumed name or under any designation, name or style other than the real name of the owner or owners thereof, before any limited partnership engaged in business in any county in this State other than under the name set out in the Certificate filed with the Office of the Secretary of State or before a corporation engages in business in any county other than under its corporate name, such person, partnership, limited partnership, or corporation must file in the office of the register of deeds of such county a certificate...".

If you wish to incorporate your business, please visit the North Carolina Secretary of State's web site at: for more information or call (919) 814-5400. The Corporate Division of the Office of Secretary of State is located at 2 South Salisbury Street.

For the assumed name (dba) forms please go to Business Link NC - Business Forms page located at the following link:

Before filing the "doing business as" (dba) or assumed name certificate, you should 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 but is happy to assist you with the name search. The fee for recording an assumed name is $26.00 for the first 15 pages, and $4.00 for each additional page. The completed form may be hand-delivered or mailed in for recording.

Thank you,

Craig Olive

Register of Deeds


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Smithfield, NC 27577