Once you’ve checked the West Virginia “Business Name Database” to ensure the brand name you want to file isn’t taken, get your hands on a registration form through the West Virginia Secretary of State. Download a free copy of the “Application for Trade Name (DBA)” PDF to get started.
Print out two copies, one to file and one to be stamped and returned to you for your records. Remember the filing fee is $25 so make sure the name’s available first!
Keep in mind this is a legal document that must be filled out properly then signed by the authorized officer. And of course these all need to be accurate as well.
Don’t get nervous and include personal identifiers like SS#’s, bank account info, credit/debit card digits (you can pay the fee online or through check), driver’s license numbers, etc.
The last step of the process is to file with the correct county or city that you’re conducting business in. To be prudent, you may want to touch base with the County Clerk of the location where you want to file to be sure you have everything.
Send your form to the Business Organization Division along with a $25 filing fee. For more resources, you can go to the Ordering and Payment section of the West Virginia Secretary of State.
This article is for general informational/instructional purposes only. It shouldn’t be considered a legal document or a substitute for legal advice. For legal questions and information on the process of filing a DBA in West Virginia, consult an attorney or accountant.