Office of County Clerk/Register of Deeds

Assumed Names (DBAs) / Co-Partnerships

Persons who own, conduct or transact business in Kalamazoo County are required, by statute, to file their business names in this county, on forms provided by the County Clerk's Office. Persons must file a separate certificate for each individual business name.

There are two types of certificates filed at the county level:

  • 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 following entities do not file at the county level:

  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Nonprofit Organizations Owned by Corporations

The Kalamazoo 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 Kalamazoo County.

Kalamazoo County Business Name Search

Search online for businesses registered in Kalamazoo County

How to File / Register

You may first use the online business name search above to see availability of a name. To ensure the business name you are interested in has not been registered with the state, search the State of Michigan LARA website at State of Michigan Business Entity Search - LARA.

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.

Please note that final approval of a business name is the decision of the Kalamazoo County Clerk's Office.

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




All inquiries regarding an Assumed Name (DBA) or Co-Partnership, please email the Clerk’s Office at or call 269-363-8840 for assistance.

Additional Resources

To register an Incorporation or LLC, please visit LARA
State of Michigan Business Entity Search - LARA
Visit this page for a comprehensive list of the Clerk Fee Schedule

Contact Us

Meredith Place 
Clerk / Register of Deeds

John Curran
Chief Deputy Clerk / Register of Deeds 

Physical Address
201 West Kalamazoo Avenue, Room 103
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Phone: 269-383-8840
Hablo español

Fax: 269-384-8143

Office Hours
8:00am - 4:30pm Monday
8:00am - 4:30pm Tuesday
9:00am - 4:30pm Wednesday
8:00am - 4:30pm Thursday
8:00am - 4:30pm Friday

Closed on Holidays