Kentucky deals with DBAs differently depending on the entity type.
If you’re applying for a DBA as a corporation, LLC, or any type of partnership:
If you’re applying as a sole proprietorship:
Before you fill out the form, make sure your desired name is available by doing a name availability search. You cannot choose a name that’s already in the Kentucky database.
If you’re using the state form, here’s the information you’ll have to provide:
We can’t speak to the information you’ll have to provide if you’re applying for a DBA as a sole proprietor, since the forms differ between counties/cities.
Whichever form you’re filling out, make sure that every piece of information you include is 100% correct. You’ll have to sign your name to certify that the form was filled out accurately under penalty of perjury.
If this step seems intimidating to you, you can always utilize a professional DBA filing service to handle the paperwork for you. Take a look at our top 7 DBA filing services for our recommendations.
The final step is to simply mail the form in, either to the secretary of state or your local county clerk’s office.
The mailing address for the secretary of state is:
Alison Lundergan Grimes
Office of the Secretary of State
PO Box 718
Frankfort, KY 40602-0718
And again, you can find the mailing address of your county clerk’s office here!
The DBA filing fee for the state of Kentucky is $20, so you’ll have to include a check made out to the Kentucky State Treasurer with your application. Filing fees may differ if you’re applying on the city/county level.
If you end up using a DBA filing service, you’ll have all this taken care of for you. If you choose to file your DBA independently, make sure to apply for an available name, have the proper form for your business type, and provide 100% accurate information on the application!
Please note that this KY DBA guide is only for informational purposes, it’s not a legal document or legal advice. For specifics on filing a ‘doing business as’ in Kentucky or starting a business in Kentucky in general, speak with a business attorney or other qualified legal professional.