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Trade Name Certificate
Description & Overview
Any person conducting business under any assumed name shall file a Trade Name Certificate in the town they are doing business in. All people who are authorized to sign on behalf of the business must sign their name on the Trade Name Certificate.

The trade name filing requirement does not apply to:
  • Limited liability companies that have registered with the Secretary of State
  • Limited partnerships that have registered with the Secretary of State
  • Partnerships, if the partnership name contains the true last name of at least one of the persons comprising said partnership


The fee for filing a Trade Name Certificate in the Town Clerk's Office is $5. The Trade Name Certificate can be notarized in the office for an additional $5.

More Information

If you require additional state licensing and registration information, contact Smart Start at the Connecticut Business Response Center or at (800) 392-2122.  To view the statutory requirement refer to Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 35-1.

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