Step 1) Secure Name & Obtain Registration Form
The first step in this journey is verifying the chosen name you want isn't already taken, too similar to another business name, and that there aren't any trademark issues. Conduct a business name search through the North Dakota Secretary of State and use the U.S. Trademark & Patent Office.
Once you've taken care of this, grab a Trade Name Registration form which you'll fill out and mail in with the $25 filing fee.
Now would be the perfect time to make sure there’s a web domain available for your DBA.
Step 2) Completely & Properly Fill-Out The Form
As you'll see the form has some fine print and instructions, please read them carefully if you aren't working with a DBA registration service or with your own legal counsel. The information that will be asked of you will depend on the legal entity by which your business is registered (LLC, Corporation, etc). However, the most basic info to prepare includes:
- Complete name,
- Complete address,
- Contact number
- Chosen trade name and,
- Nature of your business.
Step 3) Send In Your Registration Form
The last and final step when filing a North Dakota DBA is to submit your registration form to the Secretary of State’s Office. Again, make sure all entries are correct. Check two or three times to spot errors or inconsistencies so that the registration process isn't delayed.
This is essential to avoid glitches and having to replay the process/re-pay the $25 state filing fee.
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.