California: FBNs in Los Angeles County

We recently blogged about San Bernardino and San Diego counties making changes to how Fictitious Business Names (FBNs) are filed as a result of Assembly Bill 1325 (Chapter 368). Another county that implemented similar changes on January 1, 2014 is Los Angeles County, where the Registrar-Recorder County Clerk’s office now requires that a completed Affidavit of Identity form accompany the 2014 Fictitious Business Name Statement (original, refile and new). If the registrant is a corporation, limited liability company or limited liability partnership, an original certificate of status issued by the Secretary of State (SOS) must be attached–a current print out from the SOS may be acceptable.

In addition to these recently implemented changes, the county has also issued an alert regarding fraudulent solicitations targeting business owners. The “official” looking notices ask for fees up to $139 for FBN renewals; however, the renewals only require a $26 application fee and $5 for each additional business name/registrant. Before you pay any unnecessary fees to solicitors, make sure you know what is actually required.

For more on FBNs, the above changes and related forms, or more about the recent consumer alert, go here. To report fraudulent activity, call the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs at 800.593.8222 or visit them online at http://dca.lacounty.gov.

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