Kentucky Revised Statutes Title XXIX. Commerce and Trade § 365.015. Certificate of assumed name;  filing with state and county;  certificate of withdrawal;  filing fees

(1)  (a) The real name of an individual shall include his or her surname at birth, or his or her name as changed by a court of competent jurisdiction, or the surname of a married woman.

(b) The real name of a domestic:

1. General partnership that is not a limited liability partnership and that has not filed a statement of partnership authority is that name which includes the real name of each of the partners;

2. General partnership that is not a limited liability partnership and that has filed a statement of partnership authority is the name set forth on the statement of partnership authority;

3. General partnership that is a limited liability partnership is the name stated on the statement of qualification filed pursuant to KRS 362.1-931 or predecessor law;

4. Limited partnership is that name stated in its certificate of limited partnership filed pursuant to KRS 362.2-201 or predecessor law;

5. Business trust or statutory trust is the name set forth in the declaration of trust;

6. Corporation is the name set forth in its articles of incorporation;

7. Limited liability company is the name set forth in its articles of organization;

8. Limited cooperative association is the name set forth in its articles of association;  and

9. Unincorporated nonprofit association that has filed a certificate of association is the name set forth in the certificate of association and, if no certificate of association has been filed, the name under which the unincorporated nonprofit association generally acts.

(c) The real name of a foreign:

1. General partnership is the name recognized by the laws of the jurisdiction under which it is formed as being the real name;

2. Limited liability partnership is the name stated in its statement of foreign qualification filed pursuant to KRS 362.1-952 or predecessor law;

3. Limited partnership is the name set forth in its certificate of limited partnership or the fictitious name adopted for use in this Commonwealth under KRS 14A.3-010 to 14A.3-050 or predecessor law;

4. Business trust or statutory trust is the name recognized by the laws of the jurisdiction under which it is formed as being the real name of the business trust or statutory trust or the fictitious name adopted for use in this Commonwealth under Subchapter 3 of KRS Chapter 14A;

5. Corporation, including a cooperative or association that is incorporated, is the name set forth in its articles of incorporation or the fictitious name adopted for use in this Commonwealth under KRS 14A.3-010 to 14A.3-050 or predecessor law;

6. Limited liability company is the name set forth in its articles of organization or the fictitious name adopted for use in this Commonwealth under KRS 14A.3-010 to 14A.3-050 or predecessor law;

7. Limited cooperative association is the name set forth in its articles of association or the fictitious name adopted for use in this Commonwealth under KRS 14A.3-010 to 14A.3-050 or predecessor law;  and

8. Unincorporated nonprofit association is the name recognized by the laws of the jurisdiction under which it is organized as being the real name.

(2)  (a) No individual, general partnership, limited partnership, business or statutory trust, corporation, limited liability company, limited cooperative association, or unincorporated nonprofit association that has filed a certificate of association shall conduct or transact business in this Commonwealth under an assumed name or any style other than his, her, or its real name, as defined in subsection (1) of this section, unless such individual, general partnership, limited partnership, business or statutory trust, corporation, limited liability company, limited cooperative association, or unincorporated nonprofit association that has filed a certificate of association has filed a certificate of assumed name;

(b) The certificate shall state the assumed name under which the business will be conducted or transacted, the real name of the individual, general partnership, limited partnership, business or statutory trust, corporation, limited liability company, limited cooperative association, or unincorporated nonprofit association that has filed a certificate of association and his, her, or its address, including street and number, if any;

(c) A separate certificate shall be filed for each assumed name;

(d) No certificate to be filed with the Secretary of State shall set forth an assumed name which is not distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State from any other name previously filed and on record with the Secretary of State;

(e) The certificate shall be executed for an individual, by the individual, and otherwise as provided by KRS 14A.2-020 .

(3)  Each certificate of assumed name for an individual shall be filed with the county clerk where the person maintains his or her principal place of business.  Each certificate of assumed name for a general partnership, limited partnership, business or statutory trust, corporation, limited liability company, or limited cooperative association shall be delivered to the Secretary of State for filing, accompanied by one (1) exact or conformed copy.  One (1) of the exact or conformed copies stamped as “filed” by the Secretary of State shall be filed with the county clerk of the county where the entity maintains its registered agent for service of process or, if no registered agent for service of process is required, then with the county clerk of the county where the entity maintains its principal office.  If the entity does not maintain a registered agent for service of process and does not maintain a principal office in this Commonwealth, then the certificate of assumed name shall be filed only with the Secretary of State.

(4)  An assumed name shall be effective for a term of five (5) years from the date of filing and may be renewed for successive terms upon filing a renewal certificate within six (6) months prior to the expiration of the term, in the same manner of filing the original certificate as set out in subsection (3) of this section.  Any certificate in effect on July 15, 1998, shall continue in effect for five (5) years and may be renewed by filing a renewal certificate with the Secretary of State.

(5)  Upon discontinuing the use of an assumed name, the certificate shall be withdrawn by filing a certificate in the office wherein the original certificate of assumed name was filed.  The certificate of withdrawal shall state the assumed name, the real name and address of the party formerly transacting business under the assumed name and the date upon which the original certificate was filed.  The certificate of withdrawal shall be signed for an individual by the individual or his or her agent and otherwise as provided in KRS 14A.2-020 .

(6)  A general partnership, except a limited liability partnership, shall amend an assumed name certificate to reflect a change in the identity of partners.  The amendment shall set forth:

(a) The assumed name and date of original filing;

(b) A statement setting out the changes in identity of the partners;  and

(c) Shall be signed by at least one (1) partner authorized to do so by the partners.

(7)  The filing of a certificate of assumed name shall not automatically prevent the use of that name or protect that name from use by other persons.

(8)  In the event of the merger or conversion of a partnership, limited partnership, business or statutory trust, corporation, limited liability company, or limited cooperative association, any certificate of assumed name filed by a party to a merger or conversion shall remain in full force and effect, as provided in subsection (4) of this section, as if originally filed by the business organization which survives the merger or conversion.

(9)  A certificate of assumed name may be amended to revise the real name or the address of the person or business organization holding the certificate of assumed name.

(10) A certificate of assumed name, or its amendment or cancellation, shall be effective on the date it is filed, as evidenced by the Secretary of State's date and time endorsement on the original document, or at a time specified in the document as its effective time on the date it is filed.  The document may specify a delayed effective time and date and, if it does so, the document shall become effective at the time and date specified.  If a delayed effective date but no time is specified, the document shall be effective at the close of business on that date.  A delayed effective date for a document shall not be later than the ninetieth day after the date it is filed.

(11) The county clerk shall receive a fee pursuant to KRS 64.012 for filing each certificate, and the Secretary of State shall receive a fee of twenty dollars ($20) for filing each certificate, amendment, and renewal certificate.

(12) A series entity, as defined in KRS 14A.1-070 , may, on behalf of any series thereof, file a certificate of assumed name.  The certificate shall provide that the assumed name is adopted on behalf of a series of the series entity and not on behalf of the series entity itself, but the certificate of assumed name shall be recorded on the records of the Secretary of State as being that of the series entity.


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