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.
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.
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!
This guide is for informational purposes only, not a legal document of any kind. Please consult a business lawyer for specific legalities and details on how to file a DBA in Indiana or establish businesses in general.