Filing of a certificate hereunder shall be effective for a term of ten years from the date of filing and upon application filed within the six-month period prior to the expiration of such term or a renewal thereof, on a form prescribed by the secretary of state, the certificate may be renewed for additional ten-year terms. A renewal fee as specified herein, payable to the secretary of state, shall accompany the application for renewal.
The secretary of state shall notify each business holding a certificate hereunder of the necessity of renewal thereof by writing to the last known address of the business at least six months prior to the certificate's expiration date.
Any assumed name certificate of record in the district courts and in force on July 1, 1978 shall continue in force without the necessity of another filing under section 333.01 until July 31, 1979, at which time all such certificates shall expire unless renewed as hereinafter provided. Any certificate may be renewed by filing an application with the secretary of state on a form prescribed by the secretary and paying the renewal fee prescribed by subdivision 3 within the six month period prior to the expiration of the certificate.
The secretary of state shall charge and collect:
(a) for the filing of each certificate or amended certificate of an assumed name - $25;
(b) certificate renewal fee - $25.
The secretary of state shall accept for filing all certificates and renewals thereof which comply with the provisions of sections 333.001 to 333.06 and which are accompanied by the prescribed fees, notwithstanding the fact that the assumed name disclosed therein may not be distinguishable from one or more other assumed names already filed with the secretary of state. The secretary of state shall not accept for filing a certificate that discloses an assumed name that is not distinguishable from a corporate, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, cooperative, or limited partnership name in use or reserved in this state by another or a trade or service mark registered with the secretary of state, unless there is filed with the certificate a written consent, court decree of prior right, or affidavit of nonuser of the kind required by section 302A.115, subdivision 1, clause (d). The secretary of state shall determine whether a name is distinguishable from another name for purposes of this subdivision.