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Business and Professions Code - BPC

DIVISION 7. GENERAL BUSINESS REGULATIONS [16000 - 18001]

  ( Division 7 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 61. )

PART 3. REPRESENTATIONS TO THE PUBLIC [17500 - 17930]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 63. )

CHAPTER 5. Fictitious Business Names [17900 - 17930]
  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 618. )

17900.
  

(a) (1) The purpose of this section is to protect those dealing with individuals or partnerships doing business under fictitious names, and it is not intended to confer any right or advantage on individuals or firms that fail to comply with the law. The filing of a fictitious business name certificate is designed to make available to the public the identities of persons doing business under the fictitious name.

(2) Nothing in this section shall be construed to impair or impede the rebuttable presumption described in Section 14411.

(b) As used in this chapter, “fictitious business name” means:

(1) In the case of an individual, a name that does not include the surname of the individual or a name that suggests the existence of additional owners, as described in subdivision (c).

(2) In the case of a partnership or other association of persons, other than a limited partnership that has filed a certificate of limited partnership with the California Secretary of State pursuant to Section 15902.01 of the Corporations Code, a foreign limited partnership that has filed an application for registration with the California Secretary of State pursuant to Section 15909.02 of the Corporations Code, a registered limited liability partnership that has filed a registration pursuant to Section 16953 of the Corporations Code, or a foreign limited liability partnership that has filed an application for registration pursuant to Section 16959 of the Corporations Code, a name that does not include the surname of each general partner or a name that suggests the existence of additional owners, as described in subdivision (c) and in Section 17901.

(3) In the case of a domestic or foreign corporation, any name other than the corporate name stated in its articles of incorporation filed with the California Secretary of State, in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17910.5.

(4) In the case of a limited partnership that has filed a certificate of limited partnership with the California Secretary of State pursuant to Section 15902.01 of the Corporations Code and in the case of a foreign limited partnership that has filed an application for registration with the California Secretary of State pursuant to Section 15902.02 of the Corporations Code, any name other than the name of the limited partnership as on file with the California Secretary of State.

(5) In the case of a limited liability company, any name other than the name stated in its articles of organization and in the case of a foreign limited liability company that has filed an application for registration with the California Secretary of State pursuant to Section 17708.02 of the Corporations Code, any name other than the name of the limited liability company as on file with the California Secretary of State, in accordance with subdivision (b) of Section 17910.5.

(c) A name that suggests the existence of additional owners within the meaning of subdivision (b) is one that includes such words as “Company,” “& Company,” “& Son,” “& Sons,” “& Associates,” “Brothers,” and the like, but not words that merely describe the business being conducted.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 419, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2013. Operative January 1, 2014, by Sec. 32 of Ch. 419.)

17901.
  

As used in this chapter, “general partner” means:

(a) In the case of a partnership, a general partner, as defined in Section 15901.02 of the Corporations Code.

(b) In the case of an unincorporated association other than a partnership, a person interested in the business of the association whose liability with respect to the association is substantially the same as that of a general partner, as defined in Section 15901.02 of the Corporations Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 400, Sec. 17. Effective January 1, 2015.)

17901.5.
  

As used in this chapter, “manager” means a manager of a limited liability company.

(Added by Stats. 1994, Ch. 1200, Sec. 3. Effective September 30, 1994.)

17902.
  

As used in this chapter, “person” includes individuals, limited liability companies, partnerships and other associations, and corporations.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 1200, Sec. 4. Effective September 30, 1994.)

17903.
  

As used in this chapter, “registrant” means a person or entity who is filing or has filed a fictitious business name statement, and who is the legal owner of the business.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 716, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2008.)

17905.
  

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors may, by resolution, designate another county officer to perform the duties of the county clerk pursuant to this chapter in and for the County of Sacramento.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 201, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2015.)

17910.
  

Every person who regularly transacts business in this state for profit under a fictitious business name shall do all of the following:

(a) File a fictitious business name statement in accordance with this chapter not later than 40 days from the time the registrant commences to transact such business.

(b) File a new statement after any change in the facts, in accordance with subdivision (b) of Section 17920.

(c) File a new statement when refiling a fictitious business name statement.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 716, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2008.)

17910.5.
  

(a) No person shall adopt any fictitious business name which includes “Corporation,” “Corp.,” “Incorporated,” or “Inc.” unless that person is a corporation organized pursuant to the laws of this state or some other jurisdiction.

(b) No person shall adopt any fictitious business name that includes “Limited Liability Company” or “LLC” or “LC” unless that person is a limited liability company organized pursuant to the laws of this state or some other jurisdiction. A person is not prohibited from using the complete words “Limited” or “Company” or their abbreviations in the person’s business name as long as that use does not imply that the person is a limited liability company.

(c) A county clerk shall not accept a fictitious business name statement which would be in violation of this section.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 728, Sec. 64. Effective January 1, 2002.)

17911.
  

This chapter does not apply to a nonprofit corporation or association, including, but not limited to, organizations such as churches, labor unions, fraternal and charitable organizations, foundations, and similar organizations.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 716, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2008.)

17912.
  

This chapter does not apply to a real estate investment trust as defined in Section 23000 of the Corporations Code that has a statement on file, pursuant to Section 18200 of the Corporations Code, designating an agent for service of process or has qualified to do business under Chapter 21 (commencing with Section 2100) of Division 1 of the Corporations Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 178, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2005.)

17913.
  

(a) The fictitious business name statement shall contain all of the information required by this subdivision and shall be substantially in the following form:

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as

*

at ** :

*** 

This business is conducted by ****

The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on

*****

I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000).)

Registrant signature

Statement filed with the County Clerk of ____ County on

NOTICE—IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION (a) OF SECTION 17920, A FICTITIOUS NAME STATEMENT GENERALLY EXPIRES AT THE END OF FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE ON WHICH IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK, EXCEPT, AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION (b) OF SECTION 17920, WHERE IT EXPIRES 40 DAYS AFTER ANY CHANGE IN THE FACTS SET FORTH IN THE STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 17913 OTHER THAN A CHANGE IN THE RESIDENCE ADDRESS OF A REGISTERED OWNER. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE EXPIRATION.

THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT OF ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE, OR COMMON LAW (SEE SECTION 14411 ET SEQ., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE).


(b) The fictitious business name statement shall contain the following information set forth in the manner indicated in the form provided by subdivision (a):

(1) Where the asterisk (*) appears in the form, insert the fictitious business name or names. Only those businesses operated at the same address and under the same ownership may be listed on one fictitious business name statement.

(2) Where the two asterisks (**) appear in the form: If the registrant has a place of business in this state, insert the street address, and county, of his or her principal place of business in this state. If the registrant has no place of business in this state, insert the street address, and county, of his or her principal place of business outside this state.

(3) Where the three asterisks (***) appear in the form: If the registrant is an individual, insert his or her full name and residence address. If the registrants are a married couple, insert the full name and residence address of both parties to the marriage. If the registrant is a general partnership, copartnership, joint venture, or limited liability partnership, insert the full name and residence address of each general partner. If the registrant is a limited partnership, insert the full name and residence address of each general partner. If the registrant is a limited liability company, insert the name and address of the limited liability company, as set out in its articles of organization on file with the California Secretary of State, and the state of organization. If the registrant is a trust, insert the full name and residence address of each trustee. If the registrant is a corporation, insert the name and address of the corporation, as set out in its articles of incorporation on file with the California Secretary of State, and the state of incorporation. If the registrants are state or local registered domestic partners, insert the full name and residence address of each domestic partner. If the registrant is an unincorporated association other than a partnership, insert the name of each person who is interested in the business of the association and whose liability with respect to the association is substantially the same as that of a general partner.

(4) Where the four asterisks (****) appear in the form, insert whichever of the following best describes the nature of the business: (i) “an individual,” (ii) “a general partnership,” (iii) “a limited partnership,” (iv) “a limited liability company,” (v) “an unincorporated association other than a partnership,” (vi) “a corporation,” (vii) “a trust,” (viii) “copartners,” (ix) “a married couple,” (x) “joint venture,” (xi) “state or local registered domestic partners,” or (xii) “a limited liability partnership.”

(5) Where the five asterisks (*****) appear in the form, insert the date on which the registrant first commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed, if already transacting business under that name or names. If the registrant has not yet commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed, insert the statement, “Not applicable.”

(c) The registrant shall declare that all of the information in the fictitious business statement is true and correct. A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to this section that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000).

(d) (1) At the time of filing of the fictitious business name statement, the registrant filing on behalf of the registrant shall present personal identification in the form of a California driver’s license or other government identification acceptable to the county clerk to adequately determine the identity of the registrant filing on behalf of the registrant as provided in subdivision (e) and the county clerk may require the registrant to complete and sign an affidavit of identity.

(2) In the case of a registrant utilizing an agent for submission of the registrant’s fictitious business name statement for filing, at the time of filing of the fictitious business name statement, the agent filing on behalf of the registrant shall present personal identification in the form of a California driver’s license or other government identification acceptable to the county clerk to adequately determine the identity of the agent filing on behalf of the registrant as provided in subdivision (e). The county clerk may also require the agent to submit a notarized statement signed by the registrant declaring the registrant has authorized the agent to submit the filing on behalf of the registrant.

(e) If the registrant is a corporation, a limited liability company, a limited partnership, or a limited liability partnership, the county clerk may require documentary evidence issued by the California Secretary of State and deemed acceptable by the county clerk, indicating the current existence and good standing of that business entity to be attached to a completed and notarized affidavit of identity, for purposes of subdivision (d).

(f) The county clerk may require a registrant that mails a fictitious business name statement to a county clerk’s office for filing to submit a completed and notarized affidavit of identity. A registrant that is a corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, or limited liability partnership, if required by the county clerk to submit an affidavit of identity, shall also submit documentary evidence issued by the California Secretary of State indicating the current existence and good standing of that business entity.

(g) A county clerk that chooses to establish procedures pursuant to this section shall prescribe the form of affidavit of identity for filing by a registrant in that county.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 430, Sec. 38. Effective January 1, 2016.)

17914.
  

The fictitious business name statement shall be signed as follows:

(a) If the registrant is an individual, by the individual.

(b) If the registrants are a married couple, by either party to the marriage.

(c) If the registrant is a general partnership, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, copartnership, joint venture, or unincorporated association other than a partnership, by a general partner.

(d) If the registrant is a limited liability company, by a manager or officer.

(e) If the registrant is a trust, by a trustee.

(f) If the registrant is a corporation, by an officer.

(g) If the registrant is a state or local registered domestic partnership, by one of the domestic partners.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 400, Sec. 19. Effective January 1, 2015.)

17915.
  

A fictitious business name statement shall be filed with the clerk of the county in which the registrant has his or her principal place of business in this state or, if the registrant has no place of business in this state, with the Clerk of Sacramento County. This chapter does not preclude a person from filing a fictitious business name statement in a county other than that where the principal place of business is located, as long as the requirements of this section are also met.

(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 179, Sec. 24. Effective January 1, 2009.)

17916.
  

Presentation for filing of an original fictitious business name statement and one copy of the statement, with proper identification, accompanied by a completed and notarized affidavit of identity, if required by the county clerk, and other documents required in accordance with Section 17913, payment of the filing fee, and acceptance of the statement by the county clerk constitute filing under this chapter. The county clerk shall note on the copy the file number, the date of filing the original, and the date of expiration and shall certify and deliver the copy to the registrant or the registrant’s agent.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 400, Sec. 20. Effective January 1, 2015.)

17917.
  

(a) Within 30 days after a fictitious business name statement has been filed pursuant to this chapter, the registrant shall cause a statement in the form prescribed by subdivision (a) of Section 17913 to be published pursuant to Section 6064 of the Government Code in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the fictitious business name statement was filed or, if there is no such newspaper in that county, in a newspaper of general circulation in an adjoining county. If the registrant does not have a place of business in this state, the notice shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in Sacramento County.

(b) Subject to the requirements of subdivision (a), the newspaper selected for the publication of the statement should be one that circulates in the area where the business is to be conducted.

(c) If a refiling is required because the prior statement has expired, the refiling need not be published unless there has been a change in the information required in the expired statement, provided the refiling is filed within 40 days of the date the statement expired.

(d) An affidavit showing the publication of the statement shall be filed with the county clerk where the fictitious business name statement was filed within 30 days after the completion of the publication.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 716, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 2008.)

17918.
  

No person transacting business under a fictitious business name contrary to the provisions of this chapter, or his assignee, may maintain any action upon or on account of any contract made, or transaction had, in the fictitious business name in any court of this state until the fictitious business name statement has been executed, filed, and published as required by this chapter. For the purposes of this section, the failure to comply with subdivision (b) of Section 17917 does not constitute transacting business contrary to the provisions of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 618.)

17919.
  

(a) A fictitious business name statement may be executed, filed, and published by the trustee in bankruptcy at any time after bankruptcy where a failure to comply with the provisions of this chapter would otherwise preclude the maintenance of an action to recover any sums due to the debtor or bankruptcy estate or the partnership of which the debtor or bankruptcy estate was a member.

(b) A fictitious business name statement may be executed, filed, and published by the conservator, executor, or administrator at any time after the appointment of a conservator for or death of any individual or partner where a failure to comply with the provisions of this chapter would otherwise preclude the maintenance of an action to recover any sums due the conservatee or deceased person or the partnership of which he or she was a member.

(c) A fictitious business name statement may be executed, filed, and published by an assignee or purchaser of the business at any time after the assignment or sale where a failure to comply with the provisions of this chapter would otherwise preclude the maintenance of an action to recover any sums due to the assignee or purchaser by reason of the assignment or sale.

(d) The fictitious business name statement referred to in this section shall be in substantially the same form as prescribed in Section 17913, except:

(1) The person or persons who were doing business under the fictitious business name shall be stated as such person or persons existed (i) immediately prior to the bankruptcy, conservatorship, or death or the assignment or sale of the business or (ii) at the time they ceased to do business under the fictitious business name, whichever is the earlier time.

(2) The statement shall include the following additional sentence: “This statement has been executed pursuant to Section 17919 of the Business and Professions Code.”

(3) The person executing the statement shall (i) sign the statement on behalf of the person or persons formerly doing business under the fictitious business name, (ii) state his or her full name and the street address of his or her place of business or, if he or she has none, of his or her residence, and (iii) indicate whether he or she is a trustee in bankruptcy, conservator, executor, or administrator or assignee or purchaser of the business.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 500, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 2010.)

17920.
  

(a) Unless the statement expires earlier under subdivision (b) or (c), a fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk.

(b) Except as provided in Section 17923, a fictitious business name statement expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913, except that a change in the residence address of an individual, general partner, or trustee does not cause the statement to expire.

(c) A fictitious business name statement expires when the registrant files a statement of abandonment of the fictitious business name described in the statement.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 501, Sec. 1.)

17921.
  

Notice of the date of expiration shall be on the fictitious business name statement form.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 581, Sec. 3.)

17922.
  

(a) Upon ceasing to transact business in this state under a fictitious business name that was filed in the previous five years, a registrant who has filed a fictitious business name statement shall file a statement of abandonment of use of fictitious business name. The statement of abandonment shall be executed in the same manner as a fictitious business name statement, excluding the requirements of subdivisions (d), (e), and (f) of Section 17913 and shall be filed with the county clerk of the county in which the registrant has filed the fictitious business name statement. The statement shall be published in the same manner as a fictitious business name statement and an affidavit showing its publication shall be filed with the county clerk after the completion of publication.

(b) The statement shall include:

(1) The name being abandoned and the street address of the principal place of business.

(2) The date on which the fictitious business name statement relating to the fictitious business name being abandoned was filed, the file number, and the county where filed.

(3) In the case of an individual, the full name and residence address of the individual.

(4) In the case of a married couple, the full name and residence address of both parties to the marriage.

(5) In the case of a general partnership, a limited partnership, copartners, a limited liability partnership, a joint venture, or an unincorporated association other than a partnership, the full names and residence addresses of all of the general partners.

(6) In the case of a corporation, the name and address of the corporation as set forth in its articles of incorporation on file with the California Secretary of State.

(7) In the case of a trust, the full name and residence address of each of the trustees.

(8) In the case of a limited liability company, the name and address of the limited liability company as set forth in its articles of organization on file with the California Secretary of State.

(9) In the case of state or local registered domestic partners, the full name and residence address of each domestic partner.

(c) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2014.

(Repealed (in Sec. 5) and added by Stats. 2012, Ch. 368, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 2013. Section operative January 1, 2014, by its own provisions.)

17923.
  

(a) Any registrant who is a general partner in a partnership that is or has been regularly transacting business under a fictitious business name may, upon withdrawing as a general partner, file a statement of withdrawal from the partnership operating under a fictitious business name. The statement of withdrawal shall be executed by the registrant filing the statement in the same manner as a fictitious business name statement, excluding the requirements of subdivisions (d), (e), and (f) of Section 17913, and shall be filed with the county clerk of the county where the partnership filed its fictitious business name statement.

(b) The statement shall include:

(1) The fictitious business name of the partnership.

(2) The date on which the fictitious business name statement for the partnership was filed, the file number, and the county where filed.

(3) The street address of its principal place of business in this state or, if it has no place of business in this state, the street address of its principal place of business outside this state, if any.

(4) The full names and residence addresses of the registrant or registrants withdrawing as partners.

(c) The statement of withdrawal from the partnership operating under a fictitious business name shall be published in the same manner as the fictitious business name statement and an affidavit showing the publication of the statement shall be filed with the county clerk after the completion of the publication.

(d) The withdrawal of a general partner does not cause a fictitious business name statement to expire if the withdrawing partner files a statement of withdrawal meeting the requirements of this section.

(e) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2014.

(Repealed (in Sec. 7) and added by Stats. 2012, Ch. 368, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 2013. Section operative January 1, 2014, by its own provisions.)

17924.
  

(a) The county clerk shall furnish without charge a form satisfying the requirements of subdivision (a) of Section 17913. The form prepared by the county clerk, or the material provided by him with the form, shall include statements substantially as follows:

(1) “Your fictitious business name statement must be published in a newspaper once a week for four successive weeks and an affidavit of publication filed with the county clerk when publication has been accomplished. The statement should be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the principal place of business is located. The statement should be published in such county in a newspaper that circulates in the area where the business is to be conducted (Business and Professions Code Section 17917).”

(2) “Any person who executes, files, or publishes any fictitious business name statement, knowing that such statement is false, in whole or in part, is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) (Business and Professions Code Section 17930).”


These statements do not constitute a part of the fictitious business name statement and are not required to be published pursuant to Section 17917.

(b) The county clerk may furnish without charge forms meeting the requirements for a statement of abandonment of use of a fictitious business name and a statement of withdrawal from partnership operating under a fictitious business name.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 118, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2005.)

17925.
  

(a) The county clerk shall maintain one or more indices which permit the determination of at least the following information:

(1) Whether any business using a specific fictitious business name has on file a fictitious business name statement setting forth such name and, if so, the file number of the statement.

(2) Whether any individual, general partner, or corporation is listed in any fictitious business name statement on file and, if so, the file number of the statement.

(3) Whether a statement of abandonment of use of a specific business name is on file and, if so, the file number of the statement of abandonment.

(4) Whether a statement of withdrawal from a partnership operating under fictitious business name is on file and, if so, the file number of the statement of withdrawal.

(b) Four years after a fictitious business name statement has expired, the county clerk may delete the information concerning that statement from the index, including any references to statements of abandonment of use, statements of withdrawal of partnerships, or any other references related to a fictitious business name statement which is being deleted from the index.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 162, Sec. 1.)

17926.
  

(a) As used in this section, “statement” means a fictitious business name statement, a statement of abandonment of use of fictitious business name, or a statement of withdrawal from partnership operating under fictitious business name.

(b) For a fee of two dollars ($2), the county clerk shall provide any person who so requests a certified copy of any statement on file in his or her office.

(c) A copy of a statement, when certified as provided in subdivision (b), establishes a rebuttable presumption of all of the following:

(1) The existence of the original statement.

(2) The execution of the statement by the person by whom it purports to have been executed.

(3) The truth of the information required by Sections 17913, 17922, or 17923 that is contained in the statement.

(d) The presumptions established by subdivision (c) are presumptions affecting the burden of producing evidence.

(e) All of the provisions of this section are subject to Section 54985 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 716, Sec. 11. Effective January 1, 2008.)

17927.
  

(a) The county clerk shall mark each fictitious business name statement with a file number and the date of filing and shall retain the original statement for his or her file. He or she may destroy or otherwise dispose of the statement, including proof of publication, affidavit of identity statement, the additional documents required by subdivisions (d), (e), and (f) of Section 17913, and any other references related to the fictitious business name statement, four years after the statement expires.

(b) The county clerk shall mark each statement of abandonment of use of fictitious business name or statement of withdrawal from partnership operating under fictitious business name with a file number and the date of filing. He or she may destroy or otherwise dispose of the statement at the same time the fictitious business name statement to which it relates is destroyed pursuant to subdivision (a).

(c) In lieu of retaining the original statement, proof of publication, affidavit of identity statement, and additional documents that may be required pursuant to subdivisions (d), (e), and (f) of Section 17913, and any other documents pertaining to the fictitious business statement on file, the county clerk may retain a copy of the statement in accordance with Section 26205.1 of the Government Code.

(d) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2014.

(Repealed (in Sec. 9) and added by Stats. 2012, Ch. 368, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 2013. Section operative January 1, 2014, by its own provisions.)

17928.
  

(a) Upon prepayment of the fee established pursuant to subdivision (b), the county clerk may furnish to any person who so requests daily or less frequent summaries or compilations of filings under this chapter.

(b) The fee for furnishing information under this section shall be fixed by the county clerk with the approval of the county board of supervisors and shall be sufficient to pay at least the actual cost of furnishing such information.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 618.)

17929.
  

(a) The fee for filing a fictitious business name statement is ten dollars ($10) for the first fictitious business name and owner and two dollars ($2) for each additional fictitious business name or owner filed on the same statement and doing business at the same location. This fee covers the cost of filing and indexing the statement (and any affidavit of publication), the cost of furnishing one certified copy of the statement to the registrant filing the statement, acceptance, verification, and maintenance of the affidavit of identity statement and other documents or actions that may be required pursuant to subdivisions (d), (e), and (f) of Section 17913, and the cost for notifying registrants of the pending expiration of their fictitious business name statement.

(b) The fee for filing a statement of abandonment of use of a fictitious business name is five dollars ($5). This fee covers the cost of filing and indexing the statement, the cost of any affidavit of publication, and the cost of furnishing one certified copy of the statement to the registrant filing the statement.

(c) The fee for filing a statement of withdrawal from partnership operating under a fictitious business name is five dollars ($5). This fee covers the cost of filing and indexing the statement, the cost of any affidavit of publication, and the cost of furnishing one certified copy of the statement to the registrant filing the statement.

(d) All of the provisions of this section are subject to Section 54985 of the Government Code.

(e) If the notice of pending expiration, as described in subdivision (a), is returned to the county clerk by the United States Postal Service as undeliverable, the county clerk is not required to retain the returned notice of pending expiration.

(f) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2014.

(Repealed (in Sec. 11) and added by Stats. 2012, Ch. 368, Sec. 12. Effective January 1, 2013. Section operative January 1, 2014, by its own provisions.)

17930.
  

Any person who executes, files, or publishes any statement under this chapter, knowing that such statement is false, in whole or in part, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000).

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1092, Sec. 55. Effective September 27, 1983. Operative January 1, 1984, by Sec. 427 of Ch. 1092.)

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