First, let’s make sure the brand name you’d like to register isn’t already taken or a bit too similar to another. Head on over to the Trade, Business & Fictitious Names page through Delaware Courts and conduct a search, Or, you could use the Secretary of State’s Business Inquiry page. If trademark conflicts are possible, use the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office to check.
Next, download the Registration of Trade, Business & Fictitious Name Certificate. This is going to need to be filed with the Superior Court in the county where you set up shop.
Once you have determined that the name has no duplicate, you can fill out the Delaware DBA registration form and print the form. This is the list of basic information included when filing a DBA in Delaware:
Before you have the document notarized by an authorized individual, double and triple check every detail to ensure they’re correct. This can sometimes be a challenge if you don’t have legal help or aren’t working with a professional filing service.
That said, there’s a list of the three counties on the Trade, Business & Fictitious Names page we linked to above, and remember to include your filing fee! Here’s to a prosperous Delawarean year ahead.
his guide on how to file a DBA in Delaware is just an informational article and shouldn’t be used for legal purposes. For specific details on doing business in Delaware, the legalities involved in a DE DBA or starting a business in general, seek the advice of a legal practitioner.