Steps to Register a Business Name

Starting a business will require abiding by a number of state and federal laws. Having your business name comply with the correct laws is no different. Unless you are going to name the business with your personal name then you will need to register it with the appropriate authorities.

When people talk about “fictitious business names,” they are essentially just talking about any business name that is different from a person’s legal name or the names of your partners. This business name will be required on all government documentation such as tax ID, licenses and permits.

Registering your “doing business as name” or DBA, can be done either with your county clerk’s office or with your state government, depending on where your business is located.  If you do not have a physical location for your business then you may file these documents with the county or in any other state as long as you still abide by the rules of your state as well.

The statement must be filed within 40 days of the commencement of business or before the statement on file expires. Within 30 days after filing a fictitious business name statement the registrant must publish a statement in a newspaper of general circulation in the county of its principal place of business.

The fee to file a fictitious business name will vary depending on the county or city where the name is filed. For help with registering a business name in your state, you can easily submit a free job request and get proposals from several business attorneys who can help you today.