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State law dictates that most types of businesses file with the Register of Deeds in the county where they will operate. The document that puts on record a business name of an individual, partnership, or corporation other than the real name of the owner(s) is referred to as Doing Business As, DBA, or Assumed Name.

N.C.G.S § 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 North Carolina Department 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 giving the following information:

  • The name under which the business is to be conducted.
  • The name and address of the owner, or if there is more than one owner, the name and address of each.
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.

Note: The North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State Corporations Division handles initial filings for corporations, limited partnerships and LLCs. Please visit the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State's website for more information or call 919-807-2225. The Corporate Division of the Office of North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State is located at 2 S. Salisbury St. at Salisbury and Morgan Streets

Before filing (recording) the 'doing business as' (dba) or assumed name certificate, the business owner should perform a name search with both the Register of Deeds and the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State to determine whether the proposed business name has already been filed. It is the customer's responsibility to search our database before filing the document.  The Wake County Register of Deeds Office is only a recording agency. You may need to consult with an attorney for legal advice for questions that pertains to registering your business name. If you have any questions please contact Information center at 919-856-5476 or rodinfo@wakegov.com.