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Filing an Assumed Name (DBA Forms) 

North Carolina law dictates that most types of businesses file with the Register of Deeds in the county where they will operate a document that files or puts on record a business name of an individual, partnership, or corporation other than its own name is referred to as Doing Business As, DBA, or 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...".  

The Register of Deeds handles filings for sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations (doing business under an assumed name), and limited liability companies (LLCs) doing business under an assumed name. 

Before filing the "doing business as" (dba) or assumed name certificate, you should perform a name search to determine if the proposed business name has already been filed. The Register of Deeds Office cannot perform the name search for you but is happy to assist you with the name search.

INCORPORATIONS

If you wish to incorporate your business, please visit the Secretary of State's web site at: http://www.secretary.state.nc.us/Corporations for more information or call (919) 807-2225.

QUESTIONS ABOUT STARTING A BUSINESS IN DUPLIN COUNTY?

Additionally, you can obtain helpful information about starting your business in Duplin County from both the Small Business Center at James Sprunt Community College (JSCC) and the Duplin County Economic Development Commission. The JSCC Small Business Center's web address is: http://www.jamessprunt.edu/small-business-center and their phone number is (910) 296-2431, and the Duplin County Economic Development Commission's web address is: www.duplinedc.com and their phone number is (910) 296-2180.

FORMS

Various assumed name forms are shown below and may be downloaded for your convenience. Forms must be printed on 8 1/2 X 11 paper in order to comply with NCGS161-14(b)

Certificate of Assumed Name for a Sole Proprietorship, Partnership or Limited Partnership
(Acrobat PDF Version)

Certificate of Assumed Name for a Limited Liability Company (LLC)
(Acrobat PDF Version)

Certificate of Assumed Name for a Corporation
(Acrobat PDF Version)

Transfer of Assumed Name
(Acrobat PDF Version)

Withdrawal of Assumed Name for a Sole Proprietorship, Partnership or Limited Partnership
(Acrobat PDF Version)

Withdrawal of Assumed Name for a Limited Liability Company (LLC)
(Acrobat PDF Version)

Withdrawal of Assumed Name for a Corporation
(Acrobat PDF Version)

Phone: (910) 296-2108
Fax: (910) 296-2344
Mailing Address: PO Box 970, Kenansville, NC 28349
Location: Duplin County Courthouse Annex, Room #106
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
E-mail: dbrinson@duplincountync.com