Trade Names

Steps for Registering a Trade Name

Businesses with an address in the city of Providence can file a certificate of Assumed Business Name, to register a trade name (aka business name) with the City Clerk.

Search Trade Names

Find existing Trade Names and search before attempting to register your own Trade Name to make sure it is unique


The fees for filing a certificate of Assumed Business Name are as follows:

  • Registration – $10.00
  • Notarization – $5.00 (you may have your completed form notarized by any Notary Public before submitting to avoid this fee)
  • Certified Copy of Certificate – $1.00

Registration Guidelines

Download the most recent version of the Trade Name Application form:

The completed form should be notarized and returned to the City Clerk’s office. If needed, business owners can receive notary services at the City Clerk’s office:  Notary Fee – $5.00.

Business owners must present one of the following forms of valid identification when filing a trade name:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s License
  • State ID
  • Military ID
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