Do you want to file a fictitious name? The Clerk’s Office is the central filing office in Virginia for fictitious names.
File online through the Clerk's Information System (CIS).
Fictitious names are also referred to as assumed names, “t/a” (trading as), “dba” (doing business as) or “aka” (also known as”).
Your fictitious name does not have to include a designator such as: Corp, LLC, Inc.
- File the fictitious name online or submit a paper form.
- Pay the filing fee of $10.00
- Choose the correct form:
- If you have a business on the records of the Commission, please use the following form: Certificate of Assumed or Fictitious Name - Business Conducted by an Entity
- If you are conducting business as an individual, please use the following form: Certificate of Assumed or Fictitious Name - Business Conducted by an Individual.
If your fictitious name is not associated with a business on record (like a sole proprietorship) then the fictitious name is associated with the applicant for the certificate.
The fee for filing a copy of the certificate with the Commission is $10.
You will receive a Fictitious Name receipt once you’ve filed your Fictitious Name.
You may request a certified copy of your Fictitious Name receipt online using the Clerk's Information System (CIS) or request a Certificate of Fact of Fictitious Name in writing from the Office of the Clerk. The filing fee is $6.
Office of the Clerk
P.O. Box 1197
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Office of the Clerk
1300 E. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23219
If you have questions about who has the right to use a fictitious name, or if a fictitious name conflicts with another, we advise that you speak with an attorney.
For information regarding the availability of a business entity name, see Business Entity Names FAQs.
Yes. You may release the name by filing a certificate of release in the Office of the Clerk. The filing can be made online through the CIS, or via paper form, which can be found on the SCC’s Forms & Fees page.
When you no longer want to do business in Virginia under an assumed or fictitious name that is on file with a circuit court, the name may be released by filing a certificate of release with the Clerk of Court. This filing is not available online. You may complete the “Certificate of Release of Assumed or Fictitious Name on File in a Circuit Court” form and file the form at the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
The fee to file the certificate of release with the clerk’s Office of the Commission or Clerk of the Circuit Court is $10.