3 Simple Steps
Use the guide below to file a DBA or have a professional service do it for you:
– LegalZoom ($99 + state fee) for the most popular DBA filing service available.
– CorpNet ($108 + state fee) for a more personalized DBA filing service.
Filing for a DBA is a pretty painless process, but before you can get into it, you need to make sure that your desired name is available. You can run a quick business trade name search on the Delaware Courts website to see whether or not your name is available.
If you find that another entity already operates under your desired name, you’ll have to change it up so that your name is considered distinguishable. This may require:
Once you’ve found a variation of the name that fits the bill, it’s time to file with the state.
Now that you’ve settled on a name, you’re ready to fill out the DBA registration form. This form will ask for information like:
You can file your Delaware DBA by downloading the DBA registration form and either filling it out online, or printing it and writing out responses in legible handwriting. After you’ve completed the necessary fields, you’ll just need to attach the $25.00 filing fee.
The state of Delaware requires that you file and submit your DBA registration with the county Prothonotary’s office rather than the state. So depending on the county that you’re doing business in (New Castle, Kent or Sussex), you’ll send the completed document and payment to one of the following addresses:
New Castle County Courthouse
500 North King Street,
Suite 500, LL1
Wilmington, DE 19801-3746
Kent County Courthouse
38 The Green
Dover, DE 19901
Sussex County Courthouse
1 The Circle, Suite 2
Georgetown, DE 19947
Filing a DBA in Delaware is fairly simple, but depending on your situation, you may benefit from using a DBA filing service. Handing the reins to a professional will free you up to focus on the day-to-day needs of your business.
We’ve ranked our favorite DBA filing services, so feel free to have a quick read through and check out some of the best providers in the industry!