First, ensure the name you want to file isn’t already taken or too similar to another. You can conduct a Business Database Search for free in seconds, then if there are potential trademark issues do the same thing using the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office.
Then it’s a matter of getting the CO “Statement of Trade Name of an Individual” form. Note that this must be filed BEFORE you actually begin officially conducting business.
Once you have the right form, take the time to read every word and understand them before filling anything in. This is especially the case if you don’t have legal representation and aren’t working with a professional filing service. Some basic information you’ll need includes:
After checking and double checking, get your form notarized by an authorized individual before submitting to the Colorado Secretary of State or through their online application process. Once you get confirmation, you’re finished.
Please note: you must file this before opening your doors or you face stiff fines and legal penalties. Furthermore, you’ll need to renew your trade name annually.
This article is for information purposes only and not meant to be a substitute for official legal advice from a business law professional. Also, this information is subject to change. For detailed questions on a Colorado DBA or starting a business in Colorado in general, always consult a lawyer.