Assumed Business Names

Transacting Business in Michigan
A sole proprietor and a general partnership conducting or transacting business in this state under a name other than the real name of the person(s) must file a Certificate of Assumed Name or Certificate of Co-Partnership.

Application Process
We cannot accept requests electronically. You must file an original, notarized form. The form can be partially completed from your computer, or you can print the form and provide the information.

Certificates of Assumed Name

Certificates of Assumed Name (PDF) must be filed in the county where the business is located and may also be filed in each county where you are conducting or transacting business.

If the business address is not in Grand Traverse County, a copy of the Certificate of Assumed Name that has been filed in the county where the business address is located must be provided at the time of filing.

Certificates of Co-Partnership
Certificate of Co-Partnership (PDF) must only be filed in the county where the business address is located.

Similar Names

We cannot accept assumed names that are similar to another name already on file.

Advice
The County Clerk office staff cannot give legal and/or business advice.  You may wish to contact your legal or business counsel for more information. 

Contact Information

Service Department / Organization
Phone Number
Business Licenses
Michigan Bureau of Commercial Services at Corporate Division
517-241-9288
Federal Tax ID Number
Internal Revenue Service
231-932-2192
Profit & Not-For-Profit Organization Services
Michigan Bureau of Commercial Services at Corporate Division
517-241-6470
Starting a Business
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
231-947-5075
State Tax ID Number
Department of Treasury
231-922-5230