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California Fictitious Business Names

Who has to file a Fictitious Business Name (FBN) statement in California? Let's suppose that Ed Jones owns a pizza business and calls it "Jones Pizza."  Because the name of the business contains his last name, then he doesn't have to file an FBN with the County Clerk or Recorder.  But if the business doesn't have his name in the title (e.g. "Galaxy Pizza), then Ed is required to file a Fictitious Business Name statement and is required to renew the statement every five years.

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