1) Verify Name & Get "Assumed Business Name" Form
If you're going to form a company under a name other than your own, make sure this other name isn't already taken or legally too similar to another. First, conduct a Business Search through the state and then use the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office if you think there may be trademark issues.
Once the name you'd like is verified, get the Certificate of Assumed Business Name. You may be able to get it from the Secretary of State's site, or you may need to get it from the county recorder's office where you intend to open up shop.
Now would be the perfect time to make sure there’s a web domain available for your DBA.
2) Correctly Fill Out Your Form
Once you've got the form make sure you read every single word and understand what it's asking of you. They may vary from county to county. If you don't have a legal team and aren't working with a DBA filing service, take your time.
Make sure to grab the County Recorders Contact List so you can get in touch with the right people when it's time.
3) Notarize & Submit Appropriately
If you aren't able to fill out the form online through the county or the state's InBiz platform, you're going to need to have the hard copy notarized by an authorized individual when you're sure it's ready.
The last step is to either submit or mail the form with the correct filing fee to the right place according to the local County Recorder. Once you receive confirmation, you'll have your DBA. Here's to a prosperous year ahead!