Fictitious Name

A fictitious name is any name under which a person transacts business in this state, other than his legal name. Business means any enterprise or venture, in which a person sells, buys, exchanges, barters, deals, or represents the dealing in any thing or article of value, or renders services for compensation. Legal name means a person’s given name, or an entity that has been properly registered.

A fictitious name is registered with the Division of Corporations in Tallahassee or online at

If you need to obtain a fictitious name registration, you will need to do so prior to receiving a local business tax receipt or transferring a business. Florida Statute 205.023(2) states, the applicant or new owner must present to the county or municipality that has jurisdiction to issue or transfer the receipt either

  1. A copy of the applicant’s or new owner’s current fictitious name registration, issued by the Division of Corporations of the Department of State; or
  2. A written statement, signed by the applicant or new owner, which sets forth the reason that the applicant or new owner need not comply with the Fictitious Name Act.

You may contact the Division of Corporations at (850) 245-6000 or visit their website if you have any questions.

Notice! Effective July 1, 2009, the intention to register a fictitious name must be advertised at least once in a newspaper in the county in which the principal place of business will be located. Contact your local newspaper for advertising information