DBA Filings

DBA Filings
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME (DBA) INSTRUCTIONS:

Click here to Download Application
Please copy forms onto xerox paper, no thermal fax paper allowed. FORM COPY MUST BE PERFECTLY LEGIBLE. Must have original signature. SIGN IN BALLPOINT, NOT FELT TIP. Send forms with one check for $80.00 to Valley Vantage (covers filing fee and four weeks publication fee). Add $8.00 for each additional name. Application must be perfect with no white outs or cross outs. IF YOU COPY A FORM FAXED TO YOU, MAKE SURE COPY IS CLEAN AND ALL LINES AND WORDING SHOW CLEARLY!
PLEASE PUT YOUR CA DRIVERS’ LICENSE NUMBER or CA ID ON YOUR CHECK.
If you are a corporation or LLC, bring in a copy of the articles.
FILL OUT IN BLACK INK

If you have already filed your DBA with the County and require the 4 weeks publishing only, we require a copy of your stamped DBA form (fax, mail, or bring to the office). The cost is $50 and we file the proof of publication with the County after the 4 weeks publishing is complete. You have 30 working days to have your DBA published after filing.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

– Will the County check the business name availability for me?
No. You must check yourself whether the name is available before you file the DBA. You can search names online by visiting www.lavote.net – go to ‘naming your business’ then ‘an internet search of name’.

– What if the name I want is already in use?
You may not use a name that is confusingly similar with one already in use. You must choose a different name.

– How many names can I file?
You can file as many names as you want. The form has space for 2 names, additional names may be listed on an attached sheet of paper, the cost is $10 per additional name.

– What if I made a mistake on the form or I want to make changes?
You cannot make any changes to the form once it has been filed. If the 4 weeks publishing is not yet complete, we can take cease the publication and thereby invalidate the filing. You would then need to complete a new form, file and publish again. If the 4 weeks has passed, you would need to file an abandonment of the DBA, then file and publish a new DBA.

– How long does the DBA last?
5 years.

– How do I renew my DBA?
You may only file a renewal if your DBA has not yet expired, and the details remain the same. In this case, the filing process is the same, but the cost is $55.00.

– If I have lost my certified copy of my DBA filing, how do I get a new one?
You can obtain a new certified copy from any LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk office for a $2 fee.

– What if I have filed my DBA but did not have it published within 30 days?
Your DBA filing will not be valid if not published within this time. You will need to start the entire process again.

Business FilingsNumber of Times PublishedCost
Fictitous Business Names4X$80.00
Renewal of Fictitious Business Name (if no changes)$55.00
Abandonment4X$80.00*
Withdrawal4X$80.00
Dissolution1X - publish first$55.00
ABC1X$50.00
ABC3X$75.00*
Non-Responsibility1X$50.00
Bulk Sale2X$75.00
Summons4X$175.00
Sale of Abandoned Property2X$55.00
Consolidated Report1X$50.00
Name Change4X$175.00* (filing fee OSC) (Must be done by an Attorney)
Declaration of Trust$50.00
Trustee Publication$125.00
Petition to Administer Estate4X$175.00
Notice of Non-Discrimination1X$50.00
Sheriff's Sale3X$95.00
Annual Return1X$50.00
Lien Sale2X$75.00

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