Assumed Names/Co-Partnerships

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Appointments/Notice to callers - updated 6/16/2020

  • We are experiencing high call volumes. If you cannot reach an agent, please be patient and continue to call. You will not be able to leave a message. Phones are being answered between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • To schedule an appointment and for all questions for the Vital Records Office please call 248-858-0571. Appointments are limited. Please reserve in-person transactions for urgent matters only.
  • You may contact us with any questions at clerkvital@oakgov.com.

Attention Notary Publics: Per Executive Order 2020-131, notary commissions that expire between March 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020 are extended until July 31, 2020. Per the Office of the Great Seal, when acting as a notary, cross off your expiration date, hand write the new expiration date, initial and add the directive. Example, "expires 7/31/2020, per EO 2020-131". (Be sure to initial your changes.)


Business name searches and registrations for Assumed Names and Co-Partnerships are available through the Oakland County Clerk's Office. 

  • An Assumed Name consists of one or more parties.  It is more binding since all parties listed must sign the documents in front of a notary public and no changes can be made without the signatures of all parties involved.
  • A Co-Partnership consists of two or more parties and may be dissolved or changed by the signature of any party.

The Oakland County Clerk's Office is required to ensure that the business name you are seeking is not being used as an Assumed Name or Co-Partnership within Oakland County. You may apply in person at the Vital Records office or by mail. Two searches are available - free online search of Oakland County business name records and the state of Michigan to find out if your business name has been filed as a corporation before filing with our office.

How to File / Register

You may first search the online business name search above for availability of a name.  Please note that final approval of a business name is the decision of the Oakland County Clerk's Office.

Each business name is valid for 5 years, subject to renewal.

We are prohibited by law from accepting a name for filing that is the same as or similar to another name already on file.  Keep in mind that spelling variations may exist.

Assumed Name Certificate and Instructions
Discontinuance of an Assumed Name
Assumed Name - Address Change/Legal Name Change
Assumed Name - Out of State Consent
Co-Partnership Certificate and Instructions
Discontinuance of a Co-Partnership

Certificates may be submitted in person or by mail. You must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
For additional Assumed Name or Co-Partnership information, call 248-858-0569.

Additional Resources

County Business Center

Small Business Association

Corporations & Non-Profits