Certificates of assumed names filed under prior law will EXPIRE DECEMBER 1, 2022. Someone desiring to engage in business in N.C. under the assumed name after that date must file an assumed business name certificate in the new form. Any local businesses who had their Assumed Business Name (“ABN”) recorded before December 1, 2017, will need to re-record their name with the Polk County Register of Deeds office before they expire on December 1, 2022.
North Carolina law requires individuals, limited and general partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, and other persons that engage in business in this state under an assumed name to file a certificate with a register of deeds in a county in which the person or entity will be engaging in business. Before December 1, 2017, the requirements were different for a certificate of assumed name recorded under current law.
A Certificate of Assumed Name form can be recorded in the Polk County Register of Deeds office by individuals or entities conducting business in Polk County, North Carolina. If you have any questions concerning Assumed Business Names, contact the Polk County Register of Deeds office or the Secretary of State.