STEP 1) VERIFY NAME & REGISTRATION METHOD

WebsiteIn TN, solopreneurs are expected to conduct business under their own names, same thing goes for general partnerships. DBA’s are more reserved for LLCs, Corps, etc., who want to conduct business under a different name. It often comes down to the county as some are more willing to work with startups who want DBAs than others.

Check to see the name is available. You can perform a Name Availability Search through the state and use the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office. Some counties may require a physical form so contact the Nashville SBA chapter, county clerk, or the Secretary of State’s office to see.

STEP 2) CONSIDER USING TN ONLINE BUSINESS SERVICES

step-2-dba-guideFor convenience, consider setting up an account and using the TN Online Filing System to register or form your business under an assumed name. Basic information you’ll need includes:

  • Complete name
  • Complete address
  • Telephone number
  • The name of the DBA you want to use
  • The complete address of where your business operations will be, and so forth.

STEP 3) SEND OR SUBMIT YOUR REGISTRATION

Mail in the FormIf you need to file using a hard copy form the address to send the form to with the $20 filing fee is below. The fee can change over time so make sure to either check with the state or pay the exact amount stated on the form itself.

Afterwards it’s just a matter of awaiting confirmation from the state that your name has been registered and that’s pretty much the gist of the process. For more information and resources, bookmark the state Dept. of Economic of Community Development page. Here’s to a prosperous year ahead!

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Note that this article on how to file a DBA in Tennessee 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 DBA in Tennessee or business in general, please consult with a lawyer or other accredited professional.