In Alabama setting up a DBA is very similar to registering a trademark. So, the first two things to do are conducting a Trademark Search through the state, and then the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office.
Once you’ve verified the name you want to file is unique, head on over the the Business Downloads page through the Alabama Secretary of State of grab the appropriate form, which should be the “Name Reservation Request.“
As of the time this article’s being written you only need to renew once a decade, so take the time to read every word in the form and be sure you understand it. This is especially the case if you don’t have legal representation and aren’t working with a professional filing service. Basic information you’ll need includes:
Once you’re absolutely sure it’s complete, have the form notarized by an authorized individual to make it official and binding. Then you can submit the form appropriately and include the current filing fee.
You can mail your DBA form to the address below, or if you have any questions or concerns, easily reach out to the Sec. of State’s office and they’ll get you pointed in the right direction!
Alabama Secretary of State, State Capital Corporations Division, PO Box 5616, Montgomery, AL 36103-5616
Please note that this is an informational article only, not official legal advice by any means. Information is subject to change over time. For specific and detailed legal information on how to file a DBA in Alabama, consult an attorney.