If you haven’t already, use the Document Searches page through the Florida Dept. of State Division of Corporations to see that the brand name you want to file under isn’t already taken or too similar to another. To check for trademark conflicts, use the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office.
Once that’s checked off your list, download the Florida DBA Registration Form.
After downloading the Florida DBA form, carefully read the instructions below the actual form to ensure you complete it correctly and understand what each component means.
The document is divided into four sections with instruction on how to fill out each. If you don’t have legal counsel or aren’t working with a professional filing service, again, read carefully to avoid any mistakes.
The following information is needed when filing a DBA in Florida:
After you have completed and double checked the form, have it notarized by an authorized individual.
The final step when filing a DBA in Florida is to send the completed form to the address specified on the document. Once again, don’t forget to double check for accuracy! This will ensure that your request is filed quickly and without any issue.
After you have mailed the document, wait for confirmation of your ‘doing business as’ in Florida status.
Filing Fee: $50
Note that this Florida DBA guide is not by any means a legal advice or document. For details on filing a ‘doing business as’ in Florida or starting a business in Florida in general, check with your lawyer.