New businesses are advised to file their business 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. A business name search should also be done with the NC Secretary of State Office (NCSOS) via their website at www.sosnc.gov.
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).
Due to statute changes made by the NC General Assembly (codified at Article 14A of Chapter 66 of the N.C. General Statutes), beginning December 1, 2017 you may register up to five (5) Assumed Business Names for use per Assumed Name Certificate. Additionally as a result of this statute change, Assumed Names filed under prior law (all forms filed prior to December 1, 2017) will EXPIRE on DECEMBER 1, 2022. Anyone desiring to engage in business in N.C. under the Assumed Name after that date must file an Assumed Business Name Certificate using the new form. You may obtain a form from our office in person, by mail, or you may download the appropriate forms.
Assumed Name Certificates filed after December 1, 2017 do not expire or require renewal. However, you must file an Amendment of Assumed Business Name Certificate to the Register of Deeds Office within sixty (60) days of changing any information provided on this form. (See NCGS 66-71.7).
NOTE: The Department of Secretary of State oversees the incorporation of businesses. Their web site address is www.sosnc.gov.
It is the responsibility of the document submitter and NOT the Durham County Register of Deeds Office to ensure that all information (including the Secretary of State Identification Number) is correct on any assumed name filings at the time of submission. Any errors in the information presented by the submitter may result in additional fees and charges to correct information with the Secretary of State Office.
- Assumed Business Name Certificate [PDF]
- Amendment of Assumed Business Name Certificate [PDF]
- Withdrawal of Assumed Name Business Certificate [PDF]
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