County Clerk
(805) 654-3790
Administration Building - Main Plaza
800 South Victoria Avenue
Ventura, California 93009

If you regularly transact business in this state for profit under a fictitious business name, you will need to file a Fictitious Business Name Statement with the County Clerk's Office.

Check the business name index at the County Clerk's Office to ensure that your business name is not already being used by another business. An individual who has previously registered a business name has the exclusive right to use that name as well as any confusingly similar name. If you accidentally "infringe" upon another business name, you may be subject to legal action

After you file your Fictitious Business Name Statement with the County Clerk, you must PUBLISH the statement in a newspaper WITHIN 30 DAYS to complete the filing of your statement. The County Clerk's Office will provide a newspaper list from which to choose and tell you how often to run your notice. Keep in mind that advertising rates vary for each newspaper.