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San Diego's Leader in Legal Notice and Fictitious Name Publishing

The Uptown San Diego Examiner provides the professional, reliable, and timely service you need and expect when placing legal notices. And we save you money too! We offer the fastest and most convenient legal notice filing service at the lowest price.

We are adjudicated as a newspaper of general circulation to publish all legal notices for both the City and County of San Diego. We publish twice a week (every Wednesday and Friday), which is a valuable benefit since other weekly newspapers’ strict weekly deadlines may force you to publish your notices in one of the high-priced dailies.

Legal Notices We Publish

11 a.m. Monday for Wednesday edition
11 a.m. Wednesday for Friday edition

(deadlines are two days earlier on weeks containing legal holidays)

DBA / Fictitious Business Name Publication Filing in San Diego

When a DBA ("Doing Business As") is Required

It's the Law: Any business or corporation using a name other than its own personal first and last name, or a corporate / LLC legal name is required to obtain a DBA business name certificate.

For example, if your name is Joe Schmo and you do business as "Joe Schmo," you don't need to get a DBA. However, if you do business as "Superstar Store ," then you need a DBA for that assumed name. You will also need this "DBA" to open a bank account. It shows the bank that you have indeed filed the appropriate papers. It is illegal to use a fictitious business name without registering it first.

How to File Your DBA in San Diego County

  • Step 1: Obtain a filing form in our office or online at the San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk’s website
  • Step 2: Search San Diego County Fictitious Business Names online to see if the FBN that you want is still available
  • Step 3: Fill out the filing form with your information. Once the form has been filled out, print it out then sign the form.
  • Step 4: Bring the original form to the appropriate county office along with your payment for filing.
  • Step 5: You are required to publish your DBA in a newspaper of general circulation (which we are) within 30 days.

How to publish with us

You can come by our office with the original signed form, mail it to us, email it to us, or fax it to us (please include your contact information/phone number if mailing, or faxing)

Phone: (619) 955- 8960
Email: kevin@uptownexaminer.com
Fax: (619) 955- 8962
Mailing and Building Address: Uptown Examiner, 3601 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

Please Note:
We can only publish Fictitious Business Name Statements that have been filed, stamped and certified by the County Recorder within the last 30 days. We cannot publish statements we receive 30 days after the initial filing.

Our low fee

We charge just $25 for up to four names on one form (additional names on one form are $2 each). Also includes filing proof of publication with the county recorder and mailing proof of publication to you.

Payment options

We accept cash, credit (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express), check or money order. Please make checks payable to Uptown Examiner.
If you come to our office you can pay with cash, credit, check or money order.

If mailing, please send a check or money order, or indicate you will be paying by credit once we receive your papers.

If emailing, please call us after you email us with your credit card information. If faxing, please call us after you fax with your credit card information.

Legal Advertising Rates

Notices Published Four Times

  • Fictitious Business Name - $25 (Maximum of 4 names; add $2 for each additional name)
  • Abandonment of Fictitious Business Name - $25
  • Withdrawal from Partnership - $25
  • Civil Summons - $100
  • Family Law Summons - $100.00
  • Order to Show Cause (Name Change) - $75

Notices Published Three Times

  • Notice to Creditors - $100
  • Notice of Petition to Administer Estate (Probate Notice) - $100
    (First publication 15 days minimum before hearing)
  • Notice of Sale of Real Property will be our column Inch price of $7.25
  • Trustee’s Sales - Open Rate

You’ll find our open rate of $7.50 per column inch for Trustee Sales and Notices of Default is well below what you likely would have to pay elsewhere. That means a six-inch legal notice published three times will run only $135 ($7.50 per inch x 6 inches x 3 insertions = $135.00).

Notices Published Two Times

  • Notice of Sales of Personal Property - Open Rate

Notices Published One Time

  • Dissolution of Partnership $25
    (Maximum of 2 names; add $2 for each additional name)
  • Notice of Bulk Transfer $60
  • Notice of Availability of Annual Report $20

PLEASE NOTE: The rates listed here apply to legal advertising only. Legal advertising rates are non-commissionable. Payment with copy is required unless credit has been established. Rates subject to change without notice. Legal notices are not accepted by telephone.


To Subscribe

The twice-a-week legally adjudicated Uptown San Diego Examiner is available by subscription by calling (619) 955-8960, for $35 annually inside San Diego County. Thank you for your business.