NC law dictates that most types of businesses file a document with the Register of Deeds, in the county where they will operate, that puts on record a business name of an individual, partnership, or corporation other than its own name. This document is referred to as Doing Business As, DBA, or Assumed Name form.
NC General Statute 66-68 requires that "before any person or partnership engages in business in any county in this state under an assumed name or under any designation, name or style other than the real name of the owner or owners thereof, before any limited partnership engaged in business in any county in this state other than under the name set out in the Certificate filed with the Office of the Secretary of State or before a corporation engages in business in any county other than under its corporate name, such person, partnership, limited partnership or corporation must file in the officed of the register of deeds of such county a certificate..."
The Register of Deeds handles filings for sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations (doing business under an assumed name), and LLCs (doing business under an assumed name).
Before filing the "DBA" or assumed name certificate, you should perform a name search to determine if the proposed business name has already been filed.
If you wish to incorporate a business, please visit the Secretary of State's website for more information or call (919) 814-5400.