Before you can use a fictitious business name in Virginia, you have to obtain your Certificate of Assumed or Fictitious Name (CC-1050) or simply your Virginia DBA Registration Form first.
Instructions are also downloadable at Virginia Judicial System’s website. After getting hold of your form, you can proceed to the next step.
After reading the instructions provided by the Virginia Judicial System, you can start filling out the form. For your application to be considered valid and complete, you have to follow certain guidelines.
Handwritten forms must be printed in black, signatures in the form must be recognized by a notary or a deputy clerk and if operating under partnership, partners should all sign the certificate.
Make sure to prepare the following information ahead of time:
After rechecking your form, you can now proceed to the third and last step.
The last step is to file your completed DBA before your local court clerk’s office. This will depend on the county where you intend or are doing business.
Make sure to include a self-addressed envelope upon filing for mailing of certified copies. For more information about filing a Virginia DBA, you can visit the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
Filing fee: $10
This article is informational in nature and is not meant to replace legal advice. It should be considered a legal reference as well. For specific questions and concerns on the process of filing a DBA in Virginia, you can address them to your lawyer.