Step 1) Verify & Secure Your Brand Name
The process of filing a DBA in South Dakota is actually quite simple. The very first thing to do is conduct a company name/trademark search to see that the name you want isn't already taken, too similar to another, doesn't contain restricted wording or misrepresent the nature of your business.
To check, head on over to the South Dakota Secretary of State website and conduct a general Business Name Availability search, then if trademark issues are a possibility perform another search using the TESS System through the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Now would be the perfect time to make sure there’s a web domain available for your DBA.
Step 2) Register Your DBA With The State
Head back to the Secretary of State's website and use the online DBA Registration System they've set up to easily get the task done. This is also where you can go for amendments and renewals of the DBA status. There is a $10 filing fee.
The online registration system takes you through the process step by step, asking for your business and business owner information. Be sure to print out a version for your records though once you're finished. For further information, visit the SD Business Services page that provides more information on filing a South Dakota DBA.
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.