Trade Name Certificates
A Trade Name certificate is required under the Connecticut General Statutes for the
purpose of identifying those individuals doing business in the state under a fictitious
trade name, i.e., for consumer protection purposes. Any person conducting business
under any assumed name shall file a Trade Name Certificate in the town they are
doing business in. All people who are authorized to sign on behalf of the business
must sign their name on the Trade Name Certificate. (CGS 35-1).
"No person…shall conduct…business in this state under any assumed name or under any
designation, name or style, corporate or otherwise, other than the real name or names of the
person or persons conducting…such business, unless there has been filed in the office of the
town clerk in the town in which such business is…to be conducted a certificate stating the
name under which the business is…to be conducted and the full name and post office address
of each person conducting…such business or, in the case of a corporation or limited liability
company, by an authorized officer thereof, and acknowledged before some authority
authorized to administer oaths."
The trade name filing requirement does not apply to:
- Partnerships, if the partnership name includes the true Surname of at least one of the
persons composing said partnership;
- Limited Partnerships which have registered with the Secretary of State;
- Limited Liability companies which have registered with the Secretary of State.
Certain words related to banks, trusts and savings are prohibited from use. (CGS 35-2)
NOTE: A TRADE NAME CERTIFICATE DOES NOT PROTECT THAT NAME FROM USE BY
The penalty for failure to file a trade name certificate is $500.00.
FILING FEE FOR TRADE NAME CERTIFICATES: $5.00
For more info, check the Secretary of the State's website at:
The full text of the CT General Statute can be found here: