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.
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.
Note that this article on how to file a South Dakota DBA isn’t a legal document or legal advice. It’s for informational purposes and the information above is subject to change. For specific legal questions regarding how to file a South Dakota DBA or business in general, please consult with a lawyer or other accredited professional.