Assumed Names

Anyone conducting business in New Hanover County under a name other than the given name of the owner is required to give public notice by filing an Assumed Name with the Register of Deeds office. This document should be prepared by an attorney or the owner of the business. If you would like to prepare this document yourself, Assumed Name Registration forms are provided on the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina website. The Register of Deeds provides this information as a courtesy and will not be held liable for any errors on the Assumed Name Registration forms or for any damages in connection with the use of the forms. Additional resources are available on the North Carolina Department of Commerce website.

Before recording an Assumed Name, a search of the records should be performed to assure that name is not already in use. The Register of Deeds staff does not perform searches, but may assist you in your search if requested.

The fee for recording your Assumed Name Registration form is $26.00.

If you have further questions about filing an Assumed Name please contact the Register of Deeds office at 910-798-7711.

320 Chestnut Street, Suite 120 • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4530 • Fax 910-798-7751
Satellite Office: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 185 • Wilmington, NC 28403