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Fictitious Name Registration Instructions

Filing Online or by Mail

  • These instructions are for filing a Fictitious Name Registration pursuant to the Fictitious Name Act (s.865.09, F.S.).
  • The sole purpose of registering a fictitious name is to inform the public which individual or business entity is transacting business under a particular name.
  • This registration does not reserve the name or prevent another party from registering the same name.

Fictitious Name

  • Enter the exact name you wish to register.
  • Do not enter more than one fictitious name on the application. 

Mailing Address

  • Enter the business’s mailing address.
  • This address:
    • Doesn’t need to be the same as the principal place of business address.
    • Doesn’t need to be in Florida.
    • Can be directed to anyone’s attention.
  • Update the mailing address free of charge if it changes in the future.

Florida County of Principal Place of Business

  • Use the dropdown menu to select the Florida county where business’s principal place of business is located.
  • Select “Multiple” if more than one county applies.

Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)

  • Optional: Enter the 9-digit number the Internal Revenue Service assigned to the business for federal income tax identification purposes.
  • Do not enter a Social Security Number.
  • Contact the IRS at 1.800.829.4933 for additional information.

Certificate of Status

  • You may request a certificate of status.
  • This item is not required.
  • A certificate of status certifies the status and existence of the fictitious name registration and verifies the entity has paid all fees due this office through a certain date.
  • Fee: $10.00 each

Certified Copy

  • You may request a certified copy of your Fictitious Name Registration.
  • This item is not required.
  • A certified copy will include a filed stamped copy of your Fictitious Name Registration and will verify that the copy is a true and correct copy of the document in our records. 
  • Fee: $30.00 each

Email

  • Please provide a valid email address.
    • If filing online: The filing acknowledgement and certification (if any) will be emailed to this address.
    • All future email communications will be sent to this address, as well.
  • Keep your email address up-to-date.

Owner Information

  • List each owner and verify their information.
  • An owner can be an individual or a business entity.
  • You can only list up to 5 owners.
  • Call 850.245.6058 for special instructions if you have more than 5 owners.

If an owner is an individual:

  • List each name as Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial.
  • Enter the mailing address for each individual listed.

If an owner is a business entity (e.g., corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company):

  • Business entities must be registered and active with the Division of Corporations, or provide documentation stating why they are not required to register. Example: Federally Chartered Corporations or Legislatively created entities.
  • Enter the mailing address for each entity listed.
  • Enter the document number assigned by the Division of Corporations for each entity listed.
  • Enter the FEIN for each business entity, or select “Applied For” or “Not Applicable.”

Signature

  • One owner must sign the document.
  • If the owner is a business entity, an authorized individual can sign on behalf of the business.
  • If filing online: type the individual’s name and title in the textbox provide.
    • Example:  John Doe, President
    • Electronic signatures have the same legal effect as original signatures pursuant to s.15.16, F.S.

Fictitious Name Registration Fees

Service

Price

Registration of Fictitious Name $50.00
Certified Copy of Fictitious Name Registration $30.00
Certificate of Status for Fictitious Name Registration $10.00

NOTICE

Under s.817.155, F.S., a person may not:

  • Knowingly falsify or conceal a material fact,
  • Make a false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation, or
  • Make or use any false document.

Anyone violating these conditions is guilty of a third-degree felony and punishable by law. (s.775.082, s.775.083, or s.775.084, F.S.)