So we all love this time of year. The ending of another glorious year. We can start wrapping things up and hope that next year will be even better. But it is also a time when a lot of renewals come due. One of those is fictitious name renewal.
When you file for a fictitious name, it is good for 5 years. Your renewal must be filed by December 31st of the 5th year since you filed to remain active. This can easily be done online at www.Sunbiz.org. If you fail to file the renewal, the registration will "Expire" and will not be able to simply be renewed or reinstated. You would need to file a new fictitious name registration all over again. This will include another ad in the paper, too.
When you renew your fictitious name, it will be active again for another 5 years. The fee is $50.00 and at this time you can change your mailing address, the county of the principal place of business, the federal identification tax number and the name and/or address of any owner.
Many people have questions regarding if they need a fictitious name or not. This is because most people don’t understand what a fictitious name is. All it means is any name being used to do business other than the legal name of the company. An example would be ABC Contracting, Inc. that would like to advertise themselves using the name ABC. This usually pertains to franchises like when a local company wants to do business as McDonald’s.
If you have a fictitious name and aren’t sure if you are due this year, go to http://www.sunbiz.org/ficinam.html and type in your name. Click on the link for your name that should appear on the next page and find the expiration date listed under the filing information. As always, if you need help in filing or would like further clarification, give the gals at Licenses, Etc. a quick call. We are always here to help.