The Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds has updated its website (http://meckrod.manatron.com) to provide County residents with more information about filing an Assumed Name certificate. Anyone doing business in Mecklenburg County under a name other than the business owner’s given name is required to file an Assumed Name certificate with the Register of Deeds. If a business operates as a sole proprietorship or a general partnership, it should file an Assumed Name Certificate, also known as a d.b.a. (stands for “doing business as”), for each name the business uses. If a business operates as a corporation, limited partnership, or limited liability company and operates under a name other than the name on file with the Secretary of State, an Assumed Name Certificate must be filed in each county in which the business will have a registered or principal office. Since the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds office does not provide the Assumed Name certificate form, the recent web site updates provide County business owners with links to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, where the form is available to download free of charge. The new web site updates also include links to the North Carolina Secretary of State, the Central Piedmont Community College Institute for Entrepreneurship, the Mecklenburg County Economic Development Office and the US Small Business Administration. There is also a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Assumed Name filings. Before recording the Assumed Name with the Register of Deeds, business owners should perform a search of records at the Register of Deeds office to ensure the name is not already in use. The fee for recording a one-page assumed name document is $14.00. Each additional page is $3.00. Assumed Name certificates must be notarized by a Notary Public before being filed with the Register of Deeds. The Register of Deeds office does not have a Notary Public on staff.