Business Registration Locations

State by State listings of government business registration offices that process trade name or corporate entity business registrations.
The requirements and locations for business registration vary by State and depend on the type of business being registered.
Alabama
All business entity registrations are filed with the Alabama Secretary of State.
Alaska
All business entity registrations are filed with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development; Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing
Arizona
Trade name registrations, also known as a Fictitious Name or DBA, are filed with the Arizona Secretary of State.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the Arizona Corporations Commission.
Arkansas
All business entity registrations are filed with the Arkansas Secretary of State.
California
Trade name registrations, also known as a Fictitious Name or DBA, are filed with the local county or city.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the California Secretary of State.
Colorado
All business entity registrations are filed with the Colorado Secretary of State.
Connecticut
Trade name registrations, also known as a Fictitious Name or DBA, are filed with the local county or city.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the Connecticut Secretary of State.
Delaware
Trade name registrations, also known as a Fictitious Name or DBA, are filed with the Delaware Superior Court.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the Delaware Department of State.
District of Columbia
Trade name registrations, also known as a Fictitious Name or DBA, are filed with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs / Trade Names services.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs / Corporation services.
Florida
All business entity registrations are filed with the Florida Department of State / Division of Corporations.
Georgia
Trade name registrations, also known as a Fictitious Name or DBA, are filed with the local Superior Court / County Clerk.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the Georgia Secretary of State Corporations Division.
Hawaii
All business entity registrations are filed with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs / Business Registration Division.
Idaho
All business entity registrations are filed with the Idaho Secretary of State.
Illinois
Trade name registrations, also known as a Fictitious Name or DBA, are filed with the local County Clerk.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the Illinois Secretary of State / CyberDriveIllinois.
Indiana
All business entity registrations are filed with the Indiana Secretary of State.
Iowa
Trade name registrations, also known as a Fictitious Name or DBA, are filed with the local County Recorder.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the Iowa Secretary of State.
Kansas
Kansas does not have statutes requiring or permitting the registration or filing of DBAs or fictitious names.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the Kansas Secretary of State.
Kentucky
All business entity registrations are filed with the Kentucky Secretary of State.
Louisiana
All business entity registrations are filed with the Louisiana Secretary of State.
Maine
All business entity registrations are filed with the Maine Secretary of State - Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions.
Maryland
All business entity registrations are filed with the Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation.
Massachusetts
Trade name registrations, also known as a Fictitious Name or DBA, are filed with the local County Clerk.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth - Corporations Division.
Michigan
Trade name registrations, also known as a Fictitious Name or DBA, are filed with the local County Clerk.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs - Corporations Division.
Minnesota
All business entity registrations are filed with the Minnesota Secretary of State.
Mississippi
All business entity registrations are filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State.
Missouri
All business entity registrations are filed with the Missouri Secretary of State - Division of Corporations.
Montana
All business entity registrations are filed with the Montana Secretary of State.
Nebraska
All business entity registrations are filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State.
Nevada
Trade name registrations, also known as a Fictitious Name or DBA, are filed with the local County Clerk.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the Nevada Secretary of State.
New Hampshire
All business entity registrations are filed with the New Hampshire Secretary of State - Corporations Division.
New Jersey
All business entity registrations are filed with the New Jersey Business Portal.
New Mexico
New Mexico does not have statutes requiring or permitting the registration or filing of DBAs or fictitious names.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the New Mexico Secretary of State.
New York
Trade name registrations, also known as a Fictitious Name or DBA, are filed with the local County Clerk.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the New York Secretary of State - Division of Corporations, State Records & UCC.
North Carolina
All business entity registrations are filed with the North Carolina Secretary of State.
North Dakota
All business entity registrations are filed with the North Dakota Secretary of State.
Ohio
All business entity registrations are filed with the Ohio Secretary of State.
Oklahoma
All business entity registrations are filed with the Oklahoma Secretary of State.
Oregon
All business entity registrations are filed with the Oregon Secretary of State.
Pennsylvania
All business entity registrations are filed with the Pennsylvania Department of State.
Rhode Island
Trade name registrations, also known as a Fictitious Name or DBA, are filed with the local County Clerk.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the Rhode Island Secretary of State.
South Carolina
South Carolina does not have statutes requiring or permitting the registration or filing of DBAs or fictitious names.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the South Carolina Secretary of State.
South Dakota
All business entity registrations are filed with the South Dakota Secretary of State.
Tennessee
All business entity registrations are filed with the Tennessee Secretary of State.
Texas
Trade name registrations, also known as a Fictitious Name or DBA, are filed with the local County Clerk.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the Texas Secretary of State.
Utah
All business entity registrations are filed with the Utah Division of Corporations.
Vermont
All business entity registrations are filed with the Vermont Secretary of State.
Virginia
Trade name registrations, also known as a Fictitious Name or DBA, are filed with the local County Clerk.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
Washington
All business entity registrations are filed with the Washington Secretary of State.
West Virginia
All business entity registrations are filed with the West Virginia Secretary of State.
Wisconsin
Wisconsin does not have statutes requiring registration or filing of DBAs or fictitious names. However, the Wisconsin does provide the option of registration to protect use of the name within the State.
Domestic and foreign corporation registrations are filed with the Wisconsin Department of Finance.
Wyoming
All business entity registrations are filed with the Wyoming Secretary of State.
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