How do I register my business name or find out if the name I want is already being used?

January 13th, 2014 by Gwen Green

A Doing Business As (DBA) Certificate is required for any sole proprietorship or general partnership operating under a fictitious name or business names other than the owner’s. Register in the county where the business is located. The DBA Certificate records the full name and address of the business owner, and the fictitious name and is kept on file at the county clerk’s office. There is a nominal fee that varies from county to county.

To do a business name search for a sole proprietorship or partnership, contact the county clerk’s office in the county where the business is located. The records are open to the public, so you can check to make sure the name is not currently being used in that county.

To do a statewide business name search for a corporation, contact the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office at 501.682.5151.

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