Filing an Assumed Name

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New businesses are advised to file your name with the Register of Deeds Office. Business names are referred to as "Assumed Names". It is recommended that before filing you should perform a name search in our office to determine if the proposed business name has already been filed. This office cannot perform the name search for you, but will give you guidance in the name search process.

The Register of Deeds Office handles assumed name filings for sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations doing business under an assumed name. Click Here for Fee Schedule [PDF] 

Effective July 1, 2016, the Durham County Register of Deeds Office will no longer accept personal checks for the recording of business names (Assumed Names).

You may obtain a form from our office in person, by mail or you may download the appropriate forms.

NOTE: The Department of Secretary of State oversees the incorporation of businesses. Their web site address is


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