Businesses and Corporations

Doing Business As (DBA)

Anyone who conducts business under a name other than his or her own must file a business name with the County Clerk in which the business is located. 
Forms for Sole Proprietorship / Individual and Partnerships (More Than One Person) are available in the County Clerk's Office, and on this website, under forms.
$30 fee to file a DBA certificate - includes certified copy.
$25 fee to file a DBA Amendment.
No fee to file a DBA Discontinuance.


Each document filed must include: 
  • Name under which the business is to be conducted
  • Physical address of the business
  • Full name, residence and signature of each person conducting business. The signature of each person conducting the business must be notarized.
Before submitting the form, it is necessary to check the computer in the County Clerk's Office or online to ensure that the business name is not already in use.


All Corporations filed with the New York State Department of State are filed in the County Clerk's Office as well. LLCs and LPs are only on file at the NYS DOS.

LLC Newspaper Designations are: 
Cortland Standard
P.O. Box 5548
110 Main St.
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: 607-756-5665

Weekly - Publication in any contiguous county's weekly newspaper that meets the requirements of NYS Limited Liability Company Law