First, ensure you don’t waste time and money by using the Kentucky Sec. of State’s Name Availability Search. The name you choose mustn’t already be taken or too similar to another in the database. To check for any Trademark issues, use the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office.
Then you just need to get hold of/download a Certificate of Assumed Name.
Once you have a copy, the first thing you should do is browse through it. Familiarize yourself with the information and take the time to really understand everything before filling in any answers.
Also, a list of specific instructions is provided in the form so take time to read it as well. Some basic info you’ll need includes:
The last and final step is to send the form in to county where you intend to set up shop with the appropriate fee.
If you aren’t sure which county to register with, use the Kentucky Association of Counties website which is a great resource. If you have any questions about filing your Kentucky DBA, please be sure to reach out and get it cleared up. It’s better to check out the specifics today rather than tomorrow!
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.