Fictitious Name

The Clerk's office cannot help you with preparing or correcting your file.

It is illegal. Va Code 19.2-392.2

A trade name is required if a business is conducted in Virginia under a name other than the owner's legal name. A business trade name certificate, known as an assumed or fictitious name, must be filed in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court in each county or city where business is to be conducted.


  • Complete the necessary forms (PDF), and have all signatures acknowledged by a notary public or deputy clerk of circuit court.
  • The fee is $12.50. ($10.00 to file plus $2.50 for a certified copy.)
  • Forms may be mailed to:
    Clerk of Court
    701 Princess Anne St. Suite 100
    Fredericksburg, Va 22401

Proper payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope must be included with your filing.

Court clerks are prohibited by Commonwealth law from the preparation of documents or giving legal advice. It is the responsibility of the submitting party to correctly prepare the documents. If you have any legal questions please contact a licensed attorney.


Trade or fictitious name filings are searchable by name in the public records room of the Clerk of Court located at 701 Princess Anne Street. Only names that have been filed in the Fredericksburg Clerk's office will be accessible.

  • Record room hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.


Payment of filing fees may be made by cash, personal check, certified check, money order or, with a VISA/MASTERCARD, credit/debit card. Make checks and money orders payable to: Clerk of Court. Effective July 1, 2012, the following service fees will apply if using a VISA/MASTERCARD, credit/debit card: The service fee for charges $50.00 and under will be $2.00. The service fee for charges over $50.00 will be assessed at 4%.