First, verify that the name you want to register/file isn’t already taken or too similar to another name by leveraging the Business Filings Search page through the Sec. of State’s website. If you think there may be trademark issues, use the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office to check.
In Louisiana, you can download the Application to Register Trade Name, Trade Mark or Service Mark form from the state’s official website as well for convenience.
If you don’t have a lawyer in your pocket and you aren’t working with a DBA filing service, be sure to read and understand all three pages of the form before filling anything in.
Read the instructions carefully, double/triple check your answers and use as many of the numerous resources out there if you have any questions or are feeling unsure.
When you’re ready make the document official, have it notarized by an authorized individual. After that it’s just a matter of filing with the Louisiana Secretary of State (check the form for specifics).
Once you get confirmation, that’s all there is to it.
Please note that this article is for informational purposes only and not official legal advice by any means. For questions and detailed information on how to form a DBA or how to go about starting a business in Louisiana, speak with a professional.