Persons who own, conduct or transact business in Monroe County are required, by statute, to file their business names in this county, on forms provided by the Vital Records office. Assumed Name and Copartnership Certificates must be filed in every county where business is conducted. The following entities do not file at the county level: corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, assumed names owned by corporations, and non-profit organizations owned by corporations.
At the time of filing, this office will verify if the business name chosen is available in this county. Once accepted, certified copies of that business name will be issued. It is your responsibility to check local telephone books and news media to make certain there is no existing business using the name you have chosen.
The "Certificate of Assumed Name" and "Certificate of Copartnership" (BN-07) are not complicated, but they are legal documents. Information given on them should be as complete and accurate as possible. This office reserves the right to receive documents, but delay filing, until all statutory requirements are met. You may fill both of these documents out on line and print them out and bring them to the Clerks Office.
The fee for filing or renewing either the "Certificate of Assumed Name" or the "Certificate of Copartnership" is $10.00; two certified copies of the "Certificate of Assumed Name" or three certified copies of the "Certificate of Copartnership" will be provided. The certificate is valid for five years from the date of filing.
Notarization of the certificate is also necessary. This office will provide notarization if the owner has a current valid driver's license or state-issued ID, with correct residential address. For assumed names, all signatures must be notarized, if filing a copartnership, all owners signatures are required; however, only one owner's signature needs to be notarized. If more than one person owns the business, all need to be present when filing, if the certificate is to be notarized by this office. Any person filing an Assumed Name presenting an out-of-state driver's license or state-issued ID will also need to complete a consent to suit and pay the additional $2.00 filing fee.
It is the responsibility of persons owning a business to notify this office and file the required forms if:
The principal address of the business changes.
Persons are added or deleted from the business name certificate.
The business is dissolved. There is a $10.00 fee and a Notice of Dissolution of Co-Partnership or Business under Assumed Name form must be filed with the Clerks Office. All persons listed on original DBA or Co-partnership must sign in front of a notary. Any questions please call 734-240-7020.
Please note: The only function of this office is to register business names at the county level, in Monroe County. There may be other local, state and federal agencies that handle requirements and regulations which affect your business.
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