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How to Abandon a Fictitious Business Name (FBN)

You must tell the City if you plan to abandon your business trade name or close your business.

Note: Upon ceasing to transact business in this state under a fictitious business name that was filed in the previous five years, a person who has filed a fictitious business name statement shall file a statement of abandonment of the use of the fictitious business name. The statement shall be executed in the same manner as a fictitious business name statement and shall be filed with the county clerk of the county in which the person has filed his or her 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. (CA Business & Professions Code Sec. 17922)

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San Francisco Business Registration

Make any changes regarding your Business Registration and pay any delinquent taxes on the account with the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector

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Check the status of your fictitious business name statement.

You may verify the information by:

Search online at Online Fictitious Business Name Search

Search via a terminal at the:

SF Tax Collectors Office

City Hall, Suite 140

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102

 

Search it at our office:

Office of the County Clerk

City Hall, Suite 168

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102-4678

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Complete the Statement of Abandonment Form

Complete the Statement of Abandonment Form. Be sure to complete the information on the form as stated on the statement which you are abandoning. If you do not have the information on the previous statement, you may verify by:

Search online at Online Fictitious Business Name Search

Search via a terminal at the:

SF Tax Collectors Office

City Hall, Suite 140

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102

 

Search it at our office:

Office of the County Clerk

City Hall, Suite 168

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102-4678

 

Note: You will be able to find all of the pertinent information online, including the file number and the date on which it was filed at our office.

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Complete Abandonment Statement

Bring or mail the completed Abandonment statement along with the corresponding fee (see the top left-hand corner of the form).

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Endorsed Copy

An "Endorsed" copy will be issued to you.

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Last updated November 2, 2022