If your business is outside of San Francisco County, you must file your FBN with the County Clerk of that county. If your business is outside of California, you must file with the Clerk of Sacramento County.
Check if your business name is available
Search for your business name on the FBN index to see if it is available.
If your business name has already been filed with the San Francisco County Clerk's Office, you must choose another name.
Make sure that you are not infringing on other business trademarks or common law rights. Check your business name with the:
Register your business
Register your business with the SF Tax Collector’s Office within 15 days after starting your business.
You must pay a registration fee and any unpaid taxes to complete your registration.
Your business registration is valid for 1 fiscal year July 1 through June 30.
You must renew your registration every year by May 31. If you don’t renew, your registration will expire in 5 years.
Publish your FBN
Last updated November 15, 2022