Assumed Names/Starting a Business


General Information

The Register of Deeds handles filings for sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations (doing business under an assumed name), and limited liability companies (LLCs) doing business under an assumed name.

The filer is responsible for researching the name for availability in Guilford County. To obtain a Certificate of Assumed Name form, visit the Business Link NC website at The form that you select must be completed in accordance with NCGS 161-14. Submit the completed form to the Register of Deeds office for recordation. The recording fee per NCGS 161-10 is $26.00 for the first 15 pages, $4.00 for each additional page thereafter.

Business Name Search

Useful Business Links

Starting A Business Greensboro Checklist
Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship
City of Greensboro Business Privilege License
City of High Point Business Privilege License
Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce
Thrive NC
Business Link of North Carolina
Greensboro Economic Development Alliance
Buzz High Point


Property Records Industry Partners
High Point Area Builders
High Point Regional Association of Realtors
Greensboro Regional Realtors Association
Government Partners
Guilford County Land Records Online Platform
Guilford County Tax Department
Guilford County
City of Greensboro GIS
City of High Point GIS



Note: The North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State Corporations Division handles initial filings for corporations, limited partnerships and LLCs. Please visit the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State\’s website for more information or call 919-807-2225. The Corporate Division of the Office of North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State is located at 2 S. Salisbury St. at Salisbury and Morgan Streets Before filing (recording) the \’doing business as\’ (dba) or assumed name certificate, the business owner should perform a name search with both the Register of Deeds and the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State to determine whether the proposed business name has already been filed. It is the customer\’s responsibility to search our database before filing the document.  The Guilford County Register of Deeds Office is only a recording agency. You may need to consult with an attorney for legal advice for questions that pertains to registering your business name.