Step 1) Select Trade Name
Before filing your Georgia DBA (Doing Business As), you need to settle on a DBA name.
Although Georgia’s business name statutes don’t explicitly say that trade names must be distinguishable from other business names registered in the state, you may want yours to be distinguishable for branding purposes.
If you want to make sure your desired name isn’t already in use by an existing Georgia business, conduct a business name search through the Secretary of State website!
Step 2) Acquire & Complete Registration Form
Now that you’ve settled on a name, you’re ready to start working on the trade name registration form!
In Georgia, you’re required to file this form with your local Clerk of Superior Court (rather than the Secretary of State). Depending on the county you’re filing in, this form will look a little different, but in general it’ll ask for information like:
- The city in which your business is based
- Your DBA/trade name
- The nature of your business
- Your full name, address and signature
Filing options vary from county to county -- some offer e-filing, while others only accept mail-in or hand-delivered submissions. Either way, don’t forget to include payment for any necessary fees along with the completed form!
Step 3) Notarize & Submit
The final step is to get your form notarized by a notary public and submit it to your local Superior Court. You can find a local notary through the Georgia Clerks Authority website by searching your county or city.
Once you’ve done everything above, you’re ready to submit your DBA! Just make sure to follow the filing instructions providing on your county’s website and/or registration form.
Need Help Filing Your DBA?
Filing a DBA in Georgia is pretty painless, but you may still benefit from using a DBA filing service. 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 some of the best providers in the industry!