Genesee County Clerk's Office
Assumed Name Certificates (DBA) and Co-partnership Certificates
Genesee County Administration Building
1101 Beach St.
Flint, MI 48502
Filing Fee - $10.00
Payment methods accepted: Cash is recommended. We also accept money order, business check or credit/debit. If using credit/debit, an additional service fee is charged, and the cardholder must be present with ID. Personal check is accepted if: the name and address imprinted on the check matches the name and address of the customer. The customer must sign a personal check in our presence and provide valid photo ID. (Out of state personal checks are not accepted.)
Applying for and Renewing an Assumed Name
Pursuant to Act 101 of 1907, a person shall not carry on, conduct, or transact business in this state under an assumed name, or under a designation, name, or style other than the real name of the person, unless the person files a certificate with the county clerk on a form furnished by the county clerk. Persons must file a separate certificate in each county in which they conduct or intend to conduct business. Persons must file a separate certificate for each individual business name. When more than one business owner is involved, all business owners must sign the certificate.
Business owners may file for, or renew, an assumed name in person at our office or by downloading the DBA form. When filing in person, all business owners must be present and must provide valid, state-issued, photo identification. NOTE: The address on the ID provided must match the current residential address of the business owner. Application forms are available in our lobby to fill out before getting in line.
When applying by mail, the form is downloaded from our website, it must be signed by all business owners (notarization required) and mailed to our office "Attention: Assumed Names" at the address listed above. When applying by mail, payment can be made by money order or business check (no personal checks).
Both new filings and renewal filings are made on the same application form.
Applying for and Renewing a Co-partnership Certificate
Pursuant to Act 164 of 1913, no two or more persons shall hereafter be engaged in carrying on any business as copartners unless such persons shall first make and file with the county clerk a certificate on a form provided by the county clerk. Co-partnership certificates are often filed by persons who have a signed contract which binds the responsibilities of the partners.
Co-partners may file for or renew a certificate of co-partnership in person at our office or by downloading the CoPartnership form. When filing in person, all co-partners must be present and must provide valid, state-issued, photo identification. NOTE: The address on the photo ID provided must show the business owner's current residential address. Our office will provide all forms necessary at the time of application. When a form is downloaded from our website, it must be signed by all co-partners (notarization required) and mailed to our office "Attention: Assumed Names" at the address listed above. When applying by mail, payment can be made by money order or business check (no personal checks). Both new filings and renewal filings are made on the same application form.
The filing of an assumed name certificate or a co-partnership certificate in no way constitutes licensure of any sort. Questions regarding licensure for businesses must be directed to the city or township in which the business is located and/or conducted.
To register for Michigan business taxes or obtain a Michigan Sales Tax License, please contact the Michigan Department of Treasury online at www.michigan.gov/treasury or by calling (517) 636-4730.
Corporations, Limited Partnerships, & Limited Liability Companies (INC, LLC, LLP, etc)
To obtain forms for registering as a corporation (Articles of Incorporation), limited partnerships or limited liability company, please contact the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, Corporations Division online at www.michigan.gov/cis, or by calling (517) 241-6470.
Corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, and limited liability corporations do not file at the local level. They must contact the State of Michigan as listed above.