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Assumed Business
Name Registration

The Clerk's office registers business names known as "assumed names" for new businesses in accordance with Illinois law.

An assumed name is issued to any business entity that uses a name other than the name(s) of the individual(s) who own or operate the business. For example, a business called "John Jones, P.C." (i.e. owner's full name and title) does not have to file an assumed name, but "Jones Wrecking" does.

New!  Register or Amend an
Assumed Business Name

  • Apply online
  • Follow the steps for completing an application and publishing a legal notice.
  • Dissolution of a business or changing
    names, addresses or business partners.

Assumed Business Name
Public Search

Search for businesses and owners by
name, address or registration number.






How to Apply

Now you can apply online and our system will walk you through the steps. You can pay the $50 registration fee by credit card or e-check, you will be emailed at every stage of the application process, and you’ll never have to come to our office. To get started, click on “Enter” above.

If you prefer to submit your application or amend your assumed business name in person or by mail, please download the Application or Amendment Form, or visit our Vital Records office in the lower level of the Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Chicago. 


Who is required to register?
Learn what types of businesses must register an assumed business name.

What are the steps?
Whether you apply online, by mail or in person, learn about the four steps to registering an assumed business name.

More Information
Call: 312.603.5652
Email: assumed.names@cookcountyil.gov