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Modoc County Clerk
Stephanie Wellemeyer

Hours: M-F 8:30am-12pm & 1pm-5pm We close from 12-1 for lunch
Office 530-233-6205
Fax 530-233-6666

108 E. Modoc Street.
Alturas, CA 96101

"FBN" also known as Doing Business As (DBA) 

  • A Ficticious Business Name statement is designed to make available to the public the identities of persons doing business for profit under a fictitious name.
  • For an individual, it is a name that does not include the surname (last name) of the individual or a name that suggests the existence of additional owners such as “Company”, “& Associates” and the like.
  • For a corporation, it is a name that is not the same as in the Articles of Incorporation.

Fictitious Business Name Inquiry.

  • Filing a name does not reserve the name for your exclusive use. The County Clerk’s office cannot refuse to file an FBN statement because the name is already being used by someone else. If there is a conflict between business owners using the same or similar names, it becomes a legal matter between the business owners.

 Application Facts:

  • All information contained in the statement is a PUBLIC record.
  • An FBN must be filed no later than forty days from the time you start doing business.
  • An FBN must be filed with the County Clerk in the county in which the registrant has his/her principal place of business.
  • You may file in person at the County Clerk’s office. Applications are accepted Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The process takes 10 to 15 minutes per application. The registrant or agent filing on behalf of the registrant shall present personal identification in the form of a California driver’s license or other government identification. Payment may be made by cash, preprinted checks, or money orders made payable to Modoc County Clerk. Credit or debit cards are NOT accepted. All necessary documents will be provided at the time of filing.
  • You may file by mail; the turnaround time is approximately 5-7 business days. (Please see below Mailing an Application).
  • The filer is responsible for confirming that all information in the statement is correct and complete before filing it.
  • You cannot make any updates to the statement once it has been filed. Any changes require the filing of a new statement, payment of the filing fees again, and newspaper publication fees.
  • FBN statements are valid for five (5) years. If at any time there are changes to the facts of the filing, for example, ownership, business name and/or address change, a new statement must be filed.
  • When a business is sold to a new owner, the original owner shall file and publish a Statement of Abandonment. When an individual withdrawals from a multi-partner FBN, a Statement of Withdrawal may be filed and published.
  • Filings must be published in a newspaper of general circulation within 30 days of filing.

 Application Process:

  • The registrant(s) must provide physical residence address under the registrant information.
  • If the registrant is a corporation or an LLC, the address as listed in the Articles of Incorporation along with the State of Incorporation/Organization must be listed.
  • New filings along with changes in the facts of original filings must be published by the registrant in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located.
  • The first publication must begin within thirty days of the date the statement was filed in the County Clerk’s office. The newspaper will publish once a week for four consecutive weeks. Failure to publish timely will require a new filing along with all filing fees. A list of Shasta County newspapers is provided for you at the time of filing.
  • The proof of publication must be filed in the County Clerk’s office within thirty days of the last publication. Please check with the newspaper to see if they will forward the original to our office for filing.
  • A reminder notice that a filing is set to expire is mailed from the County Clerk within two weeks of the expiration date. There is a 40 day grace period following the date of expiration. It is the filer’s responsibility to re-file timely.
  • There is no need to republish the statement if it is filed timely and there has been no change in the information contained in the previously filed statement.

Mailing an Application:

  • Complete and sign an original application and make three copies.
  • Mail all pages along with payment and a self addressed stamped envelope to the County Clerk’s office. Extra postage is required.
  • If application is complete, Customer, Bank, and Publication copies will be sent back to you along with instructions for each copy.
  • If application is NOT complete or corrections need to be made, your original, along with your copies, payment, and return envelope will be returned to you along with a letter stating what information is missing. Please complete and return as soon as possible.


Fictitious Business Name

Abandonment application


Please note our office now requires appointments to be made prior to obtaining your marriage license.  Please call our office to make an appointment to purchase your marriage license.

Marriage License 

  • A California Marriage License is a permit to get married; you are NOT officially married until a marriage ceremony is performed anywhere in the state of California by a recognized wedding officiant.
  • California Marriage License applications are processed Monday through Friday, in the County Clerk's Office, located at 108 E. Modoc Street, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The process may take 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Payment may be made by cash, preprinted checks, or money orders made payable to Modoc County Clerk. Credit or debit cards are NOT accepted.
  • A Marriage License is valid for 90 days. Do NOT get your license more than 90 days before your wedding day.
  • Blood tests are no longer required.
  • If either party is under 18 years of age, a court order must be obtained prior to issuance of the license by contacting Court Services at (530) 233-6205.

Application Process

  • Both parties must appear in person and present their current ID containing their picture, birth date, and signature.
  • You may fill out and print the online application for a Public Marriage License to bring into the office.
  • The web address to fill out the online application is
  • Birth name of parents includes full first, middle and last names. Mother’s last name would be her maiden name.
  • If there has been a prior marriage for either party, the month, day, and year that marriage ended needs to be known.
  • The New Name fields may NOT be changed once the Marriage License has been issued.
  • Please review all the information noted on both pages of the application.

After you are Married

  • Once the wedding has taken place, it is the Officiant’s responsibility to return the completed Public Marriage License, either by mail or in person, to the Modoc County Recorder's Office located at 108 E. Modoc  Street, Alturas, CA 96101, for recording.
  • If there should be any alterations, erasures, white-out, or write-overs made on the license, it will be the Officiants responsibility to complete an affidavit for a Duplicate Marriage License. There is a $40 fee for this process.
  • The Modoc County Recorder's Office charges $15 for each Certified Marriage Certificate.
  • Either couple who is changing their last name, needs to take this Certified Copy FIRST to the Social Security Office, and then to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

For Marriage Licensing code see Family Code 350

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