Step 1) Verify Your DBA Name
In order to move through the DBA filing process in Connecticut, you need to make sure that your desired trade name is available. You can conduct a name search through the Secretary of State website to find out if your ideal name has already been taken by an existing Connecticut business.
If this is the case, you’ll need to modify your name enough to be distinguishable. You can achieve this by:
- Changing the spelling of the name
- Rearranging the words in the name
- Making the name possessive
Now would be the perfect time to make sure there’s a web domain available for your DBA.
Step 2) Download & Complete Registration Form
Once you’ve found your perfect name, you’re ready to fill out the DBA registration form. This form will ask for information like:
- Your desired business name
- Your business license number (you will not be able to apply without a valid Connecticut business license)
- Your Connecticut tax number (or TRN)
- Your business type (sole proprietorship, partnership, etc.)
- Your business’ street and mailing address
- The name and mailing address of the business owner(s)
- The business owner’s signature
Filing a Connecticut DBA is a little trickier than other states because you need to file with your local town clerk rather than with the state. Unfortunately, there’s no single document that works for every city in Connecticut. However, most town clerks have websites, and some even allow you to file online.
For example, if you’re planning to file in Stamford, you can obtain the proper form through the town clerk website. You’ll fill out the form online, but to actually submit it you’ll have to print it out and either mail it or physically bring it to the specified location. Again, the process and associated fees vary from city to city.
To find the right form for your locale, do a Google search of your town name and “DBA registration form.” Somewhere on the first page of results, you should find the proper form through the town clerk’s website.
Step 3) Submit Online or Mail In
Again, the DBA filing process varies based on your locale. Some townships offer online filing options, but many require you to mail the form in. Make sure to closely follow the instructions provided on your town clerk’s website.
Keep in mind that the filing fee varies as well. That said, in most areas it’s pretty inexpensive -- typically somewhere between $5-$10.