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Business Names that Must be Registered with the Circuit Court Clerk
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The Honorable Wendy S. Hughes

Phone: (804) 748-1241

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8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday

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8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 125
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0909

Street Address
9500 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Circuit Court Clerk
Business Names that Must be Registered with the Circuit Court Clerk

Before applying for a business license through the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue, it is necessary to register the business name with the Circuit Court Clerk if the business will be operating under an assumed or fictitious name.


If the

  • sole proprietor's last name is in the name of the business
  • business will be incorporated and will be conducting business under the corporate name

Registering a Fictitious Name 

Mail to

Circuit Court Clerk
ATTN: Record Room
P.O. Box 125
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0909

Deliver in person

Circuit Court Clerk's Office
Record Room, Ground Floor
9500 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832 


  • Forms must be signed by the appropriate parties in the presence of a Notary Public or a Deputy Clerk.
  • Parties appearing in the Clerk’s Office to have their signature acknowledged must present a driver’s license or comparable photo I.D.   

Please note that forms that are not properly executed and acknowledged cannot be recorded. 

NOTE: Although use of the Clerk's Office's form is optional, business owners preparing their own document must ensure that they provide all information required by Virginia law. 


  • Fictitious name recordation - $10.00.
  • Certified copies of the recorded certificate - $2.50 each (add $.50 for each additional page if the document is more than one page in length).


For additional information, please call the Clerk's Office at (804) 748-1241 and ask to speak to a staff member in the Record Room.

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