First, if you haven’t already verified that the name you would like to file is available, conduct a Business Entity Search through the state Tradename & Trademark Dept. For any potential trademark issues, use the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office.
Then, hop over to the Arizona Corporation Commission and download the Trade Name Registration Application Form. Make sure not to file this form before you’re ready, especially if you don’t have legal counsel and aren’t working with a professional filing service.
From here you’ll want to read the instructions at the top carefully and fill out the form. If you’re unsure about anything or need specific answers, contact the Secretary of State’s office or the closest Small Business Association chapter.
Once it’s been filled out, contact an authorized individual and pay the fee to have your completed application notarized.
The last step is to have your form officially submitted and filed with the state at the specified address on the form itself. You can also stop by and drop it off in person if you’re already in the area.
The filing fee is $10, but check with this guide if you need additional information. Once you get confirmation from the state then you’re officially up and running. Here’s to a new, exciting, and prosperous year ahead!
Note that this guide is not legal advice nor is it to be considered as such. Please talk with a legal practitioner or a DBA filing service about serious questions concerning how to file a DBA in Arizona or starting a brand new business. Go Sun Devils!