Filing Is Easy
Making a DBA filling is one of the easiest procedures in the United States. Typically, you will just have to verify that your desired name is available and that it doesn't resemble a pre-existing business name (to prevent consumer confusion and trademark infringement), and then file an application with the county clerk. The form is usually called the Fictitious Business Name Statement, and the fees are usually in the $15 - $30 range. Once the name is registered, it will usually remain valid for five years. You can immediately conduct business under the new name.
Things to Watch Out For
Every state regulates the matter a little differently, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the local requirements for making a DBA filing. Some states may require you to publish a statement in a local newspaper, informing the public of your new business name. Others may require you to use your legal name alongside the DBA. The actual term of the DBA name may also vary from state to state. Always verify the requirements for properly filing a DBA name in your area. It's even possible that the state you're in doesn't even require registering a DBA name. For example, Kansas has no such requirement.
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This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.