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The Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office would be the place to file a DBA if you are a person, partnership other than a limited partnership, or corporation doing business in Mecklenburg County under an assumed name.
NC General Statute § 66-68 requires that "before any person or partnership engages in business in any county in this State under an assumed name or under any designation, name or style other than the real name of the owner or owners thereof, before any limited partnership engaged in business in any county in this State other than under the name set out in the Certificate filed with the Office of the Secretary of State or before a corporation engages in business in any county other than under its corporate name, such person, partnership, limited partnership, or corporation must file in the office of the register of deeds of such county a certificate...".
Before registering a Certificate of Assumed Name, the business owner should search the names which have already been recorded with the Register of Deeds as well as the North Carolina Secretary of State's Office to avoid
duplicating an existing business name. You would need to visit the Register of Deed's Office in person to perform a complete search, as the records prior to March 1st, 1990 are located in physical books.
Search Certificate of Assumed Name documents recorded in Mecklenburg County after March 1st 1990 here:
Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Web Access.
- When initials are part of the name, search with and without spaces in between.- Search using different spellings of words (for, four, 2, two, too)- Search with and without leading words such as "The" and "A"
- When initials are part of the name, search with and without spaces in between.
- Search using different spellings of words (for, four, 2, two, too)
- Search with and without leading words such as "The" and "A"
The following forms are available on the North Carolina Department of Commerce web site:
Certificate of Assumed Name for Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Limited Partnership
Transfer of Assumed Name for Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Limited Partnership
Withdrawal of Assumed Name for Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Limited Partnership Certificate of Assumed Name for a Corporation
Withdrawal of Assumed Name for a Corporation Certificate of Assumed Name for a Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Withdrawal of Assumed Name for a Limited Liability Company (LLC)
You can access their forms library here: North Carolina Department of Commerce Forms
The fee to records a Certificate of Assumed Name is $26.00 (cash, check, credit, or debit)
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
County and Courts Office Building - 720 East Fourth Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Frequently asked questions
1. Do I need to visit your office in person to file my assumed name?
No, but we strongly suggest that you do so you will be able to search all of the business names on record in Mecklenburg County to determine whether your proposed business name has already been registered by someone else. Records from 03/01/90 until present are available online. Records before 03/01/90 are located in physical books which must be researched in person at our office. While we cannot do the actual search for you, staff members can show you how to appropriately use the computers and look in the books.
2. Do I need to search anywhere else to see if my proposed business name has already been registered?
To broaden your search, North Carolina corporations, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies (LLC) names can be searched on the web HERE. Many search on both the county and state level.
3. What if the business name I want to use is already on record, or similar to one already on record?
The Register of Deeds Office acts in an administrative capacity only. We do not verify whether the business name you wish to use is already on record in our office. It is up to you to determine whether or not the name you have chosen infringes on the rights of another business entity.
4. Can I submit my assumed name document for recording by mail?
Yes. Mail your completed document along with a check for $26.00 to:
Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds
720 East Fourth Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Please make your check payable to Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds
5. What other offices do I need to contact when starting up a business in Mecklenburg County?
Click HERE for a list.
6. Are blank assumed name forms available at the register of deeds?
By statute, the register of deeds office is unable to supply legal forms. If you did not obtain a form before visiting our office, you can access the forms library on the North Carolina Department of Commerce web site in our research area. Copies are .25 per page.
7. Can someone on staff at the register of deeds notarize my document for me?
The Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds Office does not provide notary public services. Notary publics can usually be found in legal offices and banks. There are public workspaces on the second floor of our building for paralegals and others who frequently use the data in the Register of Deeds Office. Some may provide notarial services.
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