Step 1) Verify Your DBA Name
Filing a DBA in Florida is a fairly simple process, but before you file, make sure that you understand all of the requirements.
The state of Florida does not require DBA names, or fictitious names, to be “distinguishable” from other Florida-based businesses, but there are still a few restrictions to keep in mind. Your fictitious name should not include:
- Any business entity suffix, such as LLC, Incorporated, Corp., etc.
- Any terms given to financial institutions, including: "bank," "banc," "banco," 'banque," "banker," "trust company," "savings and loan association," "savings bank," "credit union" or other similar words.
One you’ve settled on a DBA name, you’ll need to advertise it in a local newspaper before officially registering it with the state. Read over this particular set of statutes to learn about this step in greater detail.
Keep in mind that registering a fictitious business name in Florida will not give you legal ownership of the name. That said, if you are curious whether or not your intended name is already in use, you can search Florida’s fictitious name database.
Step 2) Complete Registration Form
Now that you’ve officially decided on a name, you’re ready to fill out and file the fictitious name registration form. This form will ask for information like:
- Your desired fictitious name
- Your name, address and contact information, or that of your entity (if you have officially formed a business entity with the state)
- The county in Florida where your business operates
- Your business’ mailing address and email
- Your EIN (if applicable)
You, as the registrant, will have to sign this document (electronically or otherwise) to confirm that you indeed advertised the fictitious name in a local newspaper at least once, and that all the information provided is accurate.
You may file your Florida DBA online or on paper depending on your preference. Either way, filing the document will require a $50.00 processing fee, with the option to purchase a Certificate of Status or Certified Copy.
Step 3) Submit Your Documents
If you choose to file online, you’ll simply submit the registration form and take care of the filing fee electronically. If, on the other hand, you choose to go the on-paper route, you’ll send the document to the following address:
Fictitious Name Registration
PO Box 6327
Tallahassee, FL 32314
… along with a check made payable to the Department of State. And that’s a wrap!
Filing a fictitious name in Florida is pretty painless, but you may still benefit from using a DBA filing service instead of going totally DIY. Handing the reins over to a professional will free you up to focus on the day-to-day needs of your business.
Check out our top DBA filing services to learn about the best providers in the industry!