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Assumed Business Name Transition Period Ends December 1, 2022

Filers of an assumed business name in the State of North Carolina prior to December 1, 2017 have until December 1, 2022 to re-file an assumed business name certificate with the county register of deeds offices to maintain the effectiveness of the assumed name designation.    

Effective December 1, 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly implemented Article 14A, Chapter 66 of the NC General Statutes, which revised the laws governing assumed business names.   Historically, assumed business name certificates were only filed with the local county register of deeds offices and often times, were not readily searchable online.  The revised statutes were designed to create a centralized searchable online database containing all assumed business name filings throughout the State of North Carolina.  Assumed business name certificates will continue to be filed with the county record of deeds.  Once filed, the record of deeds will index the assumed business name and coordinate sending the information to the centralized state database for recording of the assumed business name.

As part of the revised rules, any assumed business name certificate filed prior to December 1, 2017 was granted a five (5) year transition period to re-file the assumed business name to preserve the assumed name designation.  Such transition period expires December 1, 2022.  Failure to refile on or prior to December 1, 2022 shall result in the existing assumed business name registration no longer being effective. 

Please feel free to contact us for additional information, guidance or support for re-filing your Assumed Business Name.