Step 1) Verify Name & Get Assumed Name Certificate
First on your list is making sure your desired name isn't already taken, or at risk of infringing on any U.S. trademarks.
- Conduct a business name search on the NC Secretary of State website.
- Use the TESS System through the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to search for potential trademark issues.
Once you've taken care of these steps, you're ready to download the NC Assumed Business Name Certificate!
Now would be the perfect time to make sure there’s a web domain available for your DBA.
Step 2) Properly Fill Out The Form & Notarize
Now that you've obtained the Assumed Name Certificate, simply fill out all of the required fields.
Some of the information you'll need to include:
- Complete assumed name
- Nature/type of business
- Complete name of DBA applicant
- Principal street/mailing address of the business
- Counties where your business will operate under the assumed name
- Signature of applicant
You may choose to type out your responses or print them legibly. Make sure to double-check that every entry is correct before getting it notarized by a qualified NC notary public!
Step 3) Submit Completed Assumed Name Certificate
The last step in the DBA application process is filing the Assumed Name Certificate with your local county Register of Deeds Office. (Find yours here.)
Whether you choose to mail in the form or submit it in-person, make sure to include the proper filing fee!
Note: Filing fees vary by county.
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.
- MyCompanyWorks ($99 + state fee) for a more personalized DBA filing service.
This how-to guide on forming a North Carolina DBA is for informational purposes only and should be treated as such. It's not a legal document nor a replacement of legal advice. If you have concerns regarding the legalities of filing a DBA in North Carolina, speak with a professional like K. N. Price Law.