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Form a North Carolina DBA

Are you looking to open bank accounts and legally transact business under the name of your new business? You need a DBA and you've come to the right place. LegalZoom's quick, online process will register your DBA (also known as a Doing Business As or fictitious business name) statement with the correct authorities in North Carolina. Let us help you get to work, today!

NORTH CAROLINA STATUTORY GUIDELINES customizes your legal DBA filing to comply with local requirements, no matter where you live. However, if you're interested in the specifics, they are listed below.

Any partnership or LLC that provides professional services if it files annually with the licensing board responsible for regulating those services, or provides a listing of the names and addresses of its partners or members at times required, is exempt. For a person, partnership, limited partnership, LLC, or corporation, one must provide 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.

For an individual or partnership, a certificate must be signed and notarized by the individual owner, or by each general partner. For a corporation or LLC, a certificate must be signed in the name of the corporation or LLC and be notarized.

A new certificate must be filed if a general partner withdraws from the business or a new general partner joins the business. For limited partnerships, this requirement is satisfied if the partnership is identified as the owner and the partnership's certificate of limited partnership is amended. If no place of business is maintained, it is not necessary to file such certificate in any county where no place of business is maintained and where the only business done in such county is the sale of goods by sample or by traveling agents or by mail. Upon ceasing to engage in the registered business, one may withdraw the DBA or transfer the DBA by filing it with the Register of Deeds of the county in which the certificate of DBA, file a certificate of withdrawal or a certificate of transfer setting forth the following information:

  • The DBA being withdrawn or transferred
  • The date of filing of the certificate of DBA
  • The name and address of the owner or owners of the business
  • A statement that owners have ceased engaging in business under the DBA
  • If the DBA is to be withdrawn, the effective date (which may not be more than 20 days from the date of filing) of the withdrawal if it is not to be effective upon the filing of the certificate of withdrawal
  • If the DBA is to be transferred, the name and address of the transferee or transferees, and the effective date (which must be a date certain but not more than 20 days from the date of filing) of the transfer if it is not to be effective upon the filing of the certificate of transfer
Any person, partner or corporation failing to file a certificate may be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor, and must be liable for a fee to any person demanding that such certificate be filed if he or she fails to file the certificate within seven (7) days after such demand.