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Certificate of Assumed or Fictitious Name Filings
A Certificate of Assumed or Fictitious Name is required if a business is conducted in the Commonwealth of Virginia under a name other than the owner's legal name. A Certificate of Assumed or Fictitious Name must be filed in the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court in each county or city where business is to be conducted. No person, partnership, limited liability company or corporation may conduct or transact business in the Commonwealth under any assumed or fictitious name until they file a certificate in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office in the county or city in which their business is conducted pursuant to Virginia Code § 59.1-69.

Businesses registered with the State Corporation Commission may file a certificate at the local Clerk's Office if they are conducting business under a different name other than the name that is registered with the State Corporation Commission. If you are conducting business under the name registered with the State Corporation Commission, you are not required to file a certificate on the county level. The types of businesses registered with the State Corporation Commission are General Partnership, Limited Partnership, Foreign Limited Partnership, Corporation, or Limited Liability Company.

Businesses registered with a Foreign (out-of-state) State Corporation Commission must register with the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond as a foreign corporation before filing a Certificate of Assumed or Fictitious Name on the county level.
           

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You can find more information on starting new businesses in Loudoun County by visiting our New Business Services Page.
                       
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