Step 1) Verify Your DBA Name
Before you move forward with the DBA filing process, you need to make sure that your ideal business name is available. Conduct a name search on the Department of Commerce website to see whether or not your name is taken by an existing Alaska business.
If you find that another business already operates under your desired name, you’ll have to modify your name enough to be distinguishable. This may require:
- Changing the spelling of the name
- Rearranging the words in the name
- Making the name possessive
Refer to this page for other characteristics of distinguishable Alaska business names, and more details on how to ensure that your name request will be approved.
Now would be the perfect time to make sure there’s a web domain available for your DBA.
Step 2) Download & Complete Registration Form
Now that you’ve settled on a name, you’re ready to fill out the DBA registration form. This form will ask for:
- Your desired business name
- Your business license number (you will not be able to apply without a valid Alaska business license)
- Your business type (sole proprietorship, partnership, entity)
- Your business’ street and mailing address
- The name and mailing address of the business owner(s)
- The business owner’s signature
- Additional contact information, like your return address and entity number
You can go about registering your business name in two different ways: on paper or online.
- On-paper: Download the DBA registration form. You can fill it out on your computer, or print it out and write your responses in legible handwriting. You’ll be able to pay the $25.00 filing fee by check (made out to the State of Alaska) or credit card.
- Online: No need to download or print anything -- simply use the online registration form. You’ll be required to pay with a credit card (they accept Visa and Mastercard).
Step 3) Submit Online or Mail In
If you choose the old-school approach, you’ll simply mail your completed form and payment to the address listed below.
Their standard processing time is 10-15 days between March and September, and 15+ days from October through February. Keep in mind that if you go with the paperless option, your filing will be processed much more efficiently since it’ll all be done directly through the Alaska Department of Commerce website.
State Office Building
333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
PO Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806