A Certificate of Assumed Name or a Certificate of Co-partnership must be filed in every county where a business is owned or conducts business.
It is your responsibility to check locally and with the Department of Labor & Economic Growth Services to ensure there are no existing business using the name you have chosen. (Telephone numbers for DCIS are listed below).
This office reserves the right to receive documents, but delay filing, until all statutory requirements are met.
It is your responsibility to notify this office and file the required forms if you:
- Change the principal business address
- Add or delete persons
- Dissolve the business (business is closed of filed at state level).
The following entities DO NOT file at the County level. They should file at STATE LEVEL:
- Limited Partnerships (LLP’s)
- Limited Liability Companies (LLC’s)
- Assumed Names Owned By Corporations
- Nonprofit Organizations Owned By Corporations
For more information, please contact:
Department of Labor & Economic Growth
Bureau of Commercial Services – Corp Division
611 W Ottawa St, Ste 2
Lansing, MI 48933
Forms, publications, statutes, date & images for corporations, LLC and Limited Partnerships are available at www.michigan.gov/lara. under Bureau List / Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing / Corporation Division
The Certificate of Assumed Name and Certificate of Co-partnership are legal documents. All information given on them must be complete and accurate.
Signatures MUST be signed and witnessed by a Notary of Public. This office will provide notarization if all owners are present at time of signing, and have a current valid Driver’s License or State Issued ID.
At the time of filing, this office will verify if the business name chosen is available. Once accepted, certified copies of that business name will be issued. Your DBA will expire 5 years from date of filing.
DBA – Assumed Name Form – New DBA CO-Partnership Form – New
Renewal Form – DBA – Assumed Name Renewal Form – DBA CO-Partnership
$16.00 for a NEW filing of the Certificate of Assumed Name or Co-partnership. Two (2) certified copies will be provided.
$14.00 for Renewing the Certificate of Assumed Name or Co-partnership. Two (2) certified copies will be provided.
$10.00 for Dissolution; Change of address of Business; Change of Ownership.
$2.00 for certified copy of a Business Registration currently on file.
Cash or Money Order Only: Payable to Branch County Clerk
Branch County Clerk
31 Division St.
Coldwater, MI 49036
Information on Sole Propietorships & Co-Partnerships
State: Michigan Dept. of Treasury (517) 335-7508
Federal: Internal Revenue Service (800) 748-0910
Licensing and Permit Information and/or Miscellaneous Information:
Michigan Economic Development Corporation http://michiganbusiness.org (888) 522-0103
Contact the city, village or township in which the business is located to verify local regulations.
Patent and Trademark Information:
United States Patent Office www.uspto.gov (571) 272-1000 or (800) 786-9199
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