Step 1) Verify Name & Use SCBOS
If you're going to register a name other than your own legal name, the very first thing to do is check to see that this name isn't already taken, too similar to another and that if applicable there are no trademark issues. To check, conduct searches using the Secretary of State Business Filing Search, and the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office.
Then, you can either contact the Secretary of State to have the right assumed business name form sent to you, or you can leverage the SCBOS which is the South Carolina Business One Stop system. What's nice is that a) the registration isn't mandatory by law and b) doesn't have its own separate filing or registering fee.
Now would be the perfect time to make sure there’s a web domain available for your DBA.
Step 2) Correctly Fill Out Forms
Whether you're dealing with a hard copy form of some kind, like for example a name reservation form, or whether you go through the SCBOS, take your time and read everything. Know exactly what's being asked of you before filing in or submitting anything.
This is especially the case if you don't have a lawyer and aren't working with a professional DBA filing service. Doubt and triple check everything!
Step 3) Submit Or Mail To SC State
Typically the last step involves either completing the SCBOS process or mailing your hard copy form(s) to the right place which will usually be told to you directly (usually in the beginning or end of most official state documents). For a hard copy, you'll likely need to have it notarized by an authorized individual but this may not be the case.
After you get the filing confirmation, you'll officially be the owner of a South Carolina DBA.
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