Step 1) Verify Business Name
Before you apply to register a fictitious name, you should take every measure possible to make sure it’ll be approved. This means checking that your name meets all of the following requirements:
- It’s not already taken by an existing business in Arkansas
- It isn’t misleading about the company’s purpose
- It doesn’t contain any restricted wording
To find out whether or not your fictitious name is available, do a business name search through the Arkansas Secretary of State website.
Arkansas doesn’t provide any specifics about business name requirements on their state websites, but if you’re worried that your desired name contains restricted wording or you have any other concerns, you can contact the Secretary of State’s office directly.
Step 2) Complete The Registration Form
Now that you’re certain your desired name will be approved by the state, you’re ready to fill out the fictitious name registration form. It’s a fairly simple one-page application that asks for:
- Your entity type (corporation, LLC, partnership, etc.)
- Your desired fictitious name
- The character of your business
- The name you’re currently registered as
- Your registered agent’s street address
And that’s all! Pretty straightforward.
Once you’ve provided all of the information above, an authorized officer simply needs to sign the document. The officer may be a chairman, partner or some other person who is authorized to file the form on behalf of your company.
Step 3) Submit Application
After double-checking that all the information you’ve included is correct, it’s time to submit your application.
If you choose to apply online, you’ll simply click a button to send it in, and you’ll make your payment digitally, too. If you’re going the old-school route, you’ll print out the form, sign it, and bring it to the Secretary of State’s physical address:
Victory Building, Suite 250
1401 West Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201
Or send it to their mailing address:
State Capitol, Suite 256
500 Woodlane Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
Remember to include a check made out to the Arkansas Secretary of State, too. The filing fee will depend on your business type — this is outlined on the registration form.
Registering a fictitious name in Arkansas is one of the easier business filing processes out there. Odds are, as long as you understand the information you need to provide, you can probably handle this one on your own fairly quickly.
However, many folks do choose to delegate this task to a professional DBA filing service. In the end, filing a DBA is still one more thing you need to add to your agenda, and you may just not have the time for it.
Check out our favorite DBA filing services for our comparison of the top 7.