Every person doing business for profit under a fictitious business name
must file a fictitious business name statement within 40 days of commencement of business.
[B&P 17910]. The fictitious business name statement is valid for five years from the date of filing
unless it is abandoned or there is a change in the facts (except a change in a registrant's residence
address does not cause the statement to expire if that is the only change). [B&P 17920]
Individual: When the registrant's surname (last / family name) is not part of the business name
and no other words suggest the existence of additional owners.
Partnerships or other associations of persons: When the surnames of each general partner are
not part of the business name and no other words suggest the existence of additional owners.
Corporations: When using a name other than the name registered with the Secretary of State
corporate filing division.
Limited Liability Company: When using a name other than the name registered as a limited
liability company with the Secretary of State.
Words that suggest the existence of additional owners: Company, & Company, & Associates,
& Sons, & Group, etc.