Filing a DBA in Georgia

A DBA, which is short for Doing Business As, is also called a Trade Name in Georgia. Regardless of whether the owner of the Trade Name is an individual, LLC, or corporation, Georgia Trade Names are filed at the county level, with the Clerk of Superior Court, pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, OCGA, 10-1-490 (business laws are found in Title 14 of the OCGA).

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How to File a Georgia DBA

In Georgia, DBAs or Trade Names are registered by submitting an application, along with the filing fee, to the Clerk of Superior Court. can perform a DBA name search at the county level to help ensure that your name is available for use in that county before you submit your application. In addition to name availability, there are other issues and factors that should go into deciding how to name your business, which you should look into.

As each county is different, each county has its own form to complete. However, the typical information required on the Trade Name application is as follows:

  • The Trade Name or DBA name of your business (in other words, the name under which you would like to do business, other than your legal personal or corporate name)
  • The name(s) of the owner(s) of the DBA—these can be either individuals, or corporate entities registered in Georgia
  • Business address
  • Home address—this must typically be a physical address
  • Notarized signature of owner(s)—both the signature and the notary stamp/seal should be originals

Additional Responsibilities of a Georgia DBA

Once filed, state law requires that you publish notice of your filing in a newspaper of general circulation in that county. Some counties require a specific newspaper; others let you choose your own. It's a good idea to contact the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court to determine publication requirements prior to submitting your application.

When files your Georgia DBA, we take care of this publication requirement for you, leaving you less to worry about.

Georgia Startup Quicklinks

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