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.
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 council. 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:
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.
This guide is not meant to replace legal advice. For specific questions and concerns on the process of filing a DBA North Dakota, you can address them to your local legal professional.