Trade Name Registration
CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT
STATE COURT AND MAGISTRATE COURT
Gwinnett County Courthouse
Post Office Box 880
Lawrenceville, GA 30046-0880
Superior Court 770-822-8100 · State Court 770-822-8100 · Magistrate Court 770-822-8100
Georgia law REQUIRES that every person, firm or partnership carrying on in this state any trade or business under any name which does not disclose the individual ownership of the trade, business or profession SHALL before commencing to do business, file a registration statement in the office of the Clerk of Superior Court and that notice of such filing SHALL be published in the legal organ of the county once a week for two weeks.
The law further provides that any person or entity subject to such law carrying on any trade or business without registration as required shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and may be subject to other penalty or forfeiture O.C.G.A. 10-1-493.
IT SHOULD NOT BE ASSUMED THAT REGISTRATION UNDER SUCH LAW NECESSARILY "SECURES" OR "PROTECTS" THE USE OF THE NAME REGISTERED EXCLUSIVELY TO THE USE OR BENEFIT OF THE PERSON FILING THE REGISTRATION. AS THE LAW CONCERNING PROTECTION OF TRADE NAMES IS COMPLEX AND RIGHTS IN AND TO ANY NAME MAY DEPEND ON THE FACTUAL CIRCUMSTANCES IT IS SUGGESTED YOU CONSULT YOUR LEGAL ADVISOR FOR GUIDANCE IN THE EVENT YOU ARE CONCERNED WITH PROTECTING THE USE OF SUCH NAME. IT SHOULD NOT BE ASSUMED THAT REGISTRATION WILL INSURE THAT THE COUNTY WILL ISSUE ANY BUSINESS LICENSE OR ZONING VARIANCE TO ALLOW THE CONDUCT OF SUCH BUSINESS.
The Deputy Clerks will be happy to assist with the filing of your registration statement. Deputy Clerks are however prohibited from giving legal advice on such complex legal issues.
FILING FEE: $166.00 Payable to CLERK SUPERIOR COURT (cash, attorney check, or certified funds)
$40.00 Payable to GWINNETT DAILY POST (check or money order only)