Step 1) Secure Your Brand Name & Obtain Form
While Vermont doesn't require you to file if you establish a sole proprietorship in your own legal name, if you're going to register a different business name then you will need to start your journey through the Vermont Secretary of State website.
Use that site as well as the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to ensure that the business name you want isn't already taken are too similar to another. Again, make sure to do this BEFORE filing.
Now would be the perfect time to make sure there’s a web domain available for your DBA.
Step 2) Fill Out Your Trade Name Form
The next step is again using the Vermont Secretary of State website to get your Trade Name Application form and fill it out completely.
All data should be accurate to avoid being disapproved. You also have to double check all entries several times to make sure that you don’t encounter any problems in the future.
Step 3) File Your Completely Filled-Out DBA Form
Your completed DBA Registration form (along with the $50 state filing fee) can be filed in two ways: online or through postal mail.
If you choose to file online, it only takes one business day. This is the reason why online registration is the preferred method for many entrepreneurs. If you choose to file online, there are no additional fees and turnaround time is faster. For online registration, you can check out Vermont’s Online Registration Guide.
For documents received by mail, you have to wait for 7 to 10 days for processing. If you choose to file it using postal mail, send it in this address:
128 State St
Montpelier, VT 05633
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.