To start the process of filing a DBA in New York, you need to know your chosen name isn’t too similar to another, already taken, or will cause any trademark issues. Do a quick search on the Dept. of State’s Business Entity Search, and use the TESS System through the U.S. Patent & Trademark office.
After that, it’s time to get your hands on a Certificate of Assumed Name form which should be filled out using black ink or the entries should be typed. As an alternative, you can also visit the respective County Clerk’s Office where you intent to open shop.
If you need some help, comprehensive step-by-step instructions are on this page from the Division of Corporations, State Records & UCC. It’s pretty short and sweet, but if you don’t have legal counsel and aren’t working with a DBA filing service, be sure to double and triple-check your application before submitting it for notary.
You’ll also get all the wonderful fee-related information so you know exactly how much this process costs.
A $25 filing fee is required upon submitting the form along with any additional county fees. For a certified copy of the Certificate of Assumed Name, an additional copy fee is required as well.
The state cautions not to use cash payments when mailing the certificate form. For more information on additional fees for Corporations, expedited processing, credit card payments, filing receipt, and other important matter concerning filing a DBA in New York, once again refer to this section of the Department of State’s website. To complete the process, your form should be mailed or delivered to:
New York Department of State
Division of Corporations
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12231
This short guide is for informational purposes only and isn’t legal advice. For legal advice talk to a local professional.