First, before anything else head on over to the Georgia Corporations Division and use their Business Entity Search to see if the name you want to file is already taken or too similar. If there are potential trademark issues, do a quick search using the TESS System as well.
Once your brand name is verified and secures, the next step is to get your hands on a registration form. The application will be done at the county where you’ll do business in, so visit/contact the local Clerk of the Superior Court office to obtain a copy. Some counties offer the downloadable application while others do not.
Once in your hands, take serious time to understand what it’s asking of you and what the major terms mean before filling anything out, especially if you don’t have legal counsel or a professional filing service. Keep in mind the forms may vary from county to county. The following basic information is required for your Georgia DBA:
The final step in filing a DBA in Georgia is to mail the Georgia DBA application form to the local County Clerk of the Superior Court’s office for your business with your filing fee.
It’s really as easy as that, much easier in Georgia than other states. From here on out you just wait for confirmation and then enjoy a prosperous and exciting year ahead.
Note that this Georgia DBA guide is not by any means legal advice or a legal document. For details on filing a ‘doing business as’ in Georgia or starting a business in Georgia in general, check with your lawyer.