Register of Deeds

 Assumed Name Info

Assumed Name 

North Carolina law requires individuals, limited and general partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, and other persons that engage in business in this state under an assumed name to file a certificate with a register of deeds in a county in which the person or entity will be engaging in business.


EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1, 2017, certificates must comply with content and execution requirements specified in the statutes for a certificate of assumed business name. The requirements are different than they were for a certificate of assumed name recorded under prior law.

Amendments to and withdrawals of certificates of assumed business names also must comply with new content and execution requirements.

Certificates of assumed business names and amendments to and withdrawals of them will be transmitted into a statewide, central database maintained by the N.C. Secretary of State, which will be available for searches by the public. A single registration can be effective for multiple counties. The Secretary will maintain a website for this purpose at

The Secretary will assign an identification number (SOS ID) to each assumed business name that is recorded, to which amendments and withdrawals must refer.

Certificates of assumed names filed under the prior law will EXPIRE DECEMBER 1, 2022. Someone desiring to engage in business in N.C. under the assumed name after that date must file an assumed business name certificate in the new form.  


Business Link North Carolina


Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) is a free service for anyone seeking to start a small business in North Carolina.

Working in partnership with the N.C. Department of Commerce, we offer one-on-one phone consultations to people interested in starting a business, small business owners in need of general support, and entrepreneurs interested in moving to North Carolina. We are here to answer your questions, and help you navigate topics like regulatory requirements, licensing stipulations, small-business training and more.

Get in touch with a BLNC business counselor.  Call us, toll free at (800) 228-8443  or contact us online.
BLNC counselors are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are submitting a request online, please allow 1-3 days for our team to respond to your request.

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N.C Session Laws 2016-100 and 2017-23

 (codified at Article 14A of Chapter 66 of the N.C. General Statutes)