Before you can use a fictitious business name in Virginia, you have to obtain your “Certificate of Assumed or Fictitious Name” (CC-1050) so grab a copy of the Virginia DBA Registration Form. Instructions are also downloadable at Virginia Judicial System.
After getting hold of your form, you can then check both the Virginia Corporation Commission as well as the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to make sure the name isn’t already taken or too similar to another.
After reading the instructions provided by the Virginia Judicial System, you can start filling out the form. For your application to be considered valid and complete, you have to follow certain guidelines.
Handwritten forms must be printed in black, signatures in the form must be recognized by a notary or a deputy clerk and if operating under partnership, partners should all sign the certificate.
The last step is to file your completed DBA with the local court clerk’s office where your office is/will be located.
Make sure to include a self-addressed envelope upon filing for mailing of certified copies. For more information about filing a Virginia DBA, you can visit the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
Filing fee: $10
This article is informational in nature and is not meant to replace legal advice. For specific questions and concerns on the process of filing a DBA in Virginia, you can address them to your lawyer.