Hey, it’s Alaska, before you get lost use the state’s Search Corporations Database page to see if the name you want to register is already taken or too similar to another. If you think there could possibly be any trademark issues, hop on over and leverage the U.S. Patent Office’s TESS System.
Then you need to get your hands on the Business Name Registration Form through the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing.
As you can see at the very top: “A corresponding business license must be obtained first in order to register a business name.” So head on over to the Dept. of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development website for that if you aren’t already licensed to conduct business..
Also, be sure you completely read every word and completely understand the Business Name Registration form before filling in anything. This is especially the case if you don’t have legal representation and aren’t working with a professional filing service.
Once you’ve double and tiple checked your form and all your ducks are in a row have the form notarized to make it official by an authorized individual. Then after you submit to the right county with your fees it’s just a matter of waiting for confirmation.
Note that there may be different policies as to filing a DBA in Alaska for each county, so you might want to find this out before you proceed. Here’s to a prosperous chapter ahead for you and your brand.
This article is an informational guide and as such should only be used as a reference when filing an AK DBA. It should not be used as legal advice. Your lawyer is still the best person to talk to if you want more details on the legalities of filing a ‘Doing Business As’ in Alaska or bringing a business idea to life in general.