The legal name of a business is the name of the person or entity that owns the business. If a sole owner, its legal name is the person's name. If a partnership, its legal name is the name given in the partnership agreement or the last names of all of the partners. If an LLC or corporation, the legal name is the one that was registered with the State Corporation Commission.
A fictitious or assumed name is a name that a person (individual or business entity) uses instead of the person's legal name. Businesses must register or file their fictitious name to prevent customer confusion between two local businesses that use the same name and to provide the name and contact information of the owner. Per the Code of Virginia, no person, partnership, limited liability company or corporation can conduct or transact business under any assumed or fictitious name unless it signs and acknowledges a certificate setting forth the name under which the business is to be conducted or transaction, with the respective post office and residence addresses, and files the certificate with the Virginia State Corporation Commission. 1-866-722-2551
You will need to provide us with a copy if you are required to file a Certificate of Assumed or Fictitious Name with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (for more info, call 866-722-2551 or obtain an application form at www.scc.virginia.gov .