Also known as a “doing business as” (DBA) filing, North Carolina law requires businesses to file a Certificate of Assumed Name under certain circumstances.  The law requires that, with certain exceptions, any “person, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability company, or corporation” that engages in business under an assumed name must file a Certificate of Assumed Name in the Register of Deeds of the county in which it conducts business.  The North Carolina Court of Appeals emphasized this by stating that “N.C. Gen. Stat. § 66–68 requires that a business operating under an assumed name file a certificate, stating the name of the business and name and address of the owner(s), in the office of the register of deeds of the county in which business is conducted.”  American Oil Company, Inc. v. AAN Real Estate, LLC, 754 S.E.2d 844 (N.C. App. 2014) (citation omitted).

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