Step 1) Acquire Virginia Certificate of Assumed Name
Before you can use a fictitious business name in Virginia, you have to obtain a Certificate of Assumed Name (CC-1050). You can download this form anytime, but before you begin filling it out, make sure that your desired name is available.
Check the Virginia Corporation Commission as well as the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to make sure your fictitious name isn't already in use by an existing Virginia business or infringing on any U.S. trademarks.
Now would be the perfect time to make sure there’s a web domain available for your DBA.
Step 2) Properly Fill Out Form
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, and signatures must be recognized by a notary or a deputy clerk. If operating as a partnership, all partners should all sign the certificate.
Again, we encourage you to read the instructions above for more details!
Step 3) File With The County
The last step is to file your completed form with the local court clerk’s office! Make sure to include a self-addressed envelope upon filing (for mailing of certified copies).
For more information on filing a Virginia DBA, visit the Virginia State Corporation Commission website.
Filing fee: $10
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