A trade name or a fictitious business name is a name that an individual or corporation uses to identify the business. A business may also use its registered, legal name for contracts and other formal purposes.
Per O.C.G.A § 10-1-490, “Every person, firm, or partnership carrying on in this state any trade or business under any trade name or partnership name or another name which does not disclose the individual ownership of the trade, business, or profession carried on under such name shall, within 30 days from … commencing to do business, file in the office of the clerk of the superior court of the county in which the business is chiefly carried on or, in the case of a domestic corporation using any name other than its corporate name, in the county of its legal domicile…”
The provided affidavit (Trade Name Application) should be filled out in its entirety to establish the nature of the business, ownership of the trade/business, and the appropriate name.
The cost to record a Trade Name is $171.00. The cost to record an Amended Trade Name is $171.00 The cost to record a Cancelled Trade Name is: $171.00
Trade Name Applications are processed within four weeks. If you need a time-stamped copy immediately, it is recommended that you submit your application in person at one of our locations and inform the intake clerk. Please note, if the document is submitted at an Annex location we cannot provide a book/page at the time of filing.
Should you have any further questions regarding completing a Trade Name Application, it is recommended that you seek legal counsel.