Step 1) Verify Brand Name & Get Form
First thing's first, head to the Missouri Online Business Filing System and conduct a Business Entity Search to see if your chosen brand name is already taken or too similar to another. There's also the TESS System for potential trademark issues.
Next, here's the official Registration of Fictitious Name form. It's designed so that you can fill it out online before you have it printed; one to be filed and then you're going to need a copy for your records.
Now would be the perfect time to make sure there’s a web domain available for your DBA.
Step 2) Properly Fill Out Form
If you don't have legal counsel and you aren't working with a professional DBA filing service, double and triple check all your answers. Make sure you understand everything as well. If not, reach out for assistance. Here's some of the basic info you'll need:
- Business name to be registered
- Complete business address
- Information about the business owner
- Owner affirmation/signature
Step 3) Send The Completed Missouri DBA Registration Form
The last step is to have the form notarized by an authorized individual so it's 100% official. The Missouri DBA (along with a $7 filing fee) can be filed in-person, through postal mail, or through the online application. For postal mail, it can be sent to this address:
James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center
PO Box 778
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Need Help Filing Your DBA?
A professional service will handle filing your DBA on your behalf, allowing you to focus on the other needs of your new business.
- LegalZoom ($99 + state fee) for the most popular DBA filing service available.
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