This week, the fantastic team of analysts and programmers behind the JEDI system completed another major project to help ensure LA County constituents are better served.
When a person wishes to establish a business and conduct operations under a name other than his or her own name, that person must establish a “fictitious business name.” For example, I could open up a business as Kai Ponte. However, if I wanted to open a business bank account and have checks written to another name – say Kai’s Kool New Business – I’d need to file a Fictitious Business Name or FBN.
Here in California, this process is handled at the County level. This also works for corporations wishing to expand into other areas. ACME Corporation could create a new entity – ACME Donut Shop – by filing an additional FBN with the County.
Up until now, anybody wishing to file would either have to fill out a form and deliver in person or by mail to the County office. Starting today, the new Business Filing and Registration online system will allow those wishing to file a fictitious business name to handle the majority of the filing process from their home or place of business.
The new FBN system follows the same layout as other JEDI-based systems and is very user-friendly.
Following a clearly-labeled opening screen, the user can select whether to file in-person, via mail, or through a third-party – such as a courier or lawyer.
As there is a large Spanish-speaking population in Los Angeles, the site can also be displayed in Spanish.
After selecting a business name and verifying that it isn’t already in use…
…the person can fill out pertinent information, such as owner name(s), business name(s), and location(s).
Once complete, the person is given a preview of the final form. This is almost exactly what will be printed out when the person comes into the office, provides suitable ID and renders payment for the service. The only thing different will be the official filing information on the top right corner of the document.
Having completed the process, the person can then print a barcode slip, showing the addresses of the LA County Recorder/Clerk offices. The barcode can be then scanned by a clerk into the JEDI system and the information will be available. The person can then sign, pay and receive the filing information on the spot.
This new service is another way the County is providing more efficient customer service to the general public.