STEP 1) OBTAIN A COPY OF THE ASSUMED NAME FORM

WebsiteFirst, let’s ensure the name you want to file isn’t a) already taken, or b) way too similar to an already registered name. Head on over to the Dept. of Licensing and conduct a Business Entity Search, then if trademark issues are possible, conduct another using the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office.

Now, you can use this form to draft your Certificate of Assumed Name. If you’re unsure about absolutely anything, please contact the Michigan Dept. of Licensing. They’re very nice.

STEP 2) COMPLETE THE DBA REGISTRATION FORM

Register an LLCIf you’re doing this yourself without legal representation and you aren’t working with a DBA filing service, be sure that you double and triple check everything. Also, if there are words you don’t understand or questions regarding fees and so forth, again, don’t hesitate to touch base with the Michigan Dept. of Licensing.

They’re going to be your go-to source of specific answers if you don’t have someone else doing all this paperwork for you.

STEP 3) NOTARIZE & SUBMIT REGISTRATION FORM

Mail in the FormThe last step is to have your properly filled out form notarized by an authorized individual. In terms of fees, it’s really about service. You can get your form filed in as little as an hour if you’re willing to pay the price. It’s up to you and what kind of a rush you’re in.

Once you get confirmation and a copy for your records, everything is set. Here’s to a fabulous and prosperous year ahead for you and your new official DBA.

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This guide is an informational article, not a legal document by any means. Please consult the expertise of your business lawyer for details on filing a MI DBA or starting a business in general.