Step 1) Get A West Virginia DBA Registration Form
Once you've checked the West Virginia "Business Name Database" to ensure the brand name you want to file isn't taken and available, get your hands on a registration form through the West Virginia Secretary of State.
Print out two copies, one to file and one to be stamped and returned to you for your records. Remember the filing fee is $25 so make sure the name's available first!
Now would be the perfect time to make sure there’s a web domain available for your DBA.
Step 2) Properly Fill-Out The Form
Keep in mind this is a formal legal document that must be filled out properly then signed by an authorized officer (notarized). The form will ask basic details about your business including:
- Complete legal name, address, and contact info.
- Chosen trade name and the nature of your business.
Don't get nervous and include personal identifiers like SS#'s, bank account info, credit/debit card digits (you can pay the fee online or through check), driver’s license numbers, etc.
Step 3) File Your DBA
The last step of the process is to file with the correct county or city that you’re conducting business in. To be prudent, you may want to touch base with the County Clerk of the location where you want to file to be sure you have everything.
Send your form to the Business Organization Division along with a $25 filing fee. For more resources, you can go to the Ordering and Payment section of the West Virginia Secretary of State.
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.