First, you want to see if the name you’d like to register isn’t already taken or too similar to another before going through the motions and paying the state fee. Make sure Search Business Filings and use the TESS System if there may be trademark issues.
If you don’t have legal help and aren’t working with a DBA filing service, be sure to read every single word on that form before filling in anything. Be sure you understand each component. Here’s some of the basics:
As soon as the Minnesota DBA form has been notarized, you can then submit it to the office of the Secretary of State. The form can be submitted online, through mail, or in person.
The address of the Minnesota Secretary of State Business Services is specified in the form; online filing and in-person filing fee costs $50, while mail submissions costs $30.
This guide on MN DBA application is for informational purposes. This should not be taken as a legal document or advice. For further details and legalities when it comes to filing a ‘doing business as’ in Minnesota or starting a business in Minnesota in general, seek the expert advice of a business lawyer.