Registering a Fictitious Name at www.Sunbiz.org

One of the things that you can do through the website of the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations website at Sunbiz.org is the registration of fictitious names. A fictitious name makes it possible for you to do business without using your actual name. It is therefore also referred to as a ‘Doing Business As’ (DBA) name. As we are all aware, it is not always desirable to use one’s actual name when doing business. On the contrary, circumstances often demand that one comes up with a unique, eye-catching name for the business enterprise. That name is then referred to as a fictitious name, and it needs to be registered with the authorities. If you happen to be in the State of Florida, the place to go when you need to register such a fictitious name is the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations website at Sunbiz.org.

The steps you need to follow when registering a fictitious name at Sunbiz.org

The first step you need to take, when seeking to register a fictitious name at Sunbiz.org is that of loading the website. This simply entails entering the website’s address/URL (www.sunbiz.org) into your browser’s address bar, and then hitting the ‘enter’ key on your computer’s keyboard. The moment you do this, you should be taken to the homepage of the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations website at Sunbiz.org.

Once you get to the website of the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations website at Sunbiz.org, the second step that you need to take entails specifying that you wish to register a fictitious name. This you do by rolling your mouse over the ‘E-Filing Services’ item on the main menu at the top, and then clicking on the ‘Fictitious name registration’ link from the drop down options that appear.

After specifying that you wish to register a fictitious name, you will be taken to a page with more information about fictitious name registrations. Thus, the third step you need to take is that of reading through the information in the said page, and then clicking on the checkbox at the bottom end of the page — to indicate that you have actually read through the disclaimer.

After clicking to indicate that you have actually read through the disclaimer, you will be taken to a page where you can fill in an application form: this being the application for registration of fictitious name.

After filling in the application for registration of a fictitious name, and paying the necessary fees, the application will be processed: hopefully culminating in the registration of the desired fictitious name.

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