Registration is required by state law and is done through the County Clerk's Office in each county in which you plan to do business.
DBA "Doing Business As" or Co-Partnership
Check the name. The first step is to confirm that the business name you have selected is acceptable. The Clerk is authorized to reject any assumed name, which is likely to mislead the public, or is similar to other business names as to lead to confusion or deception. The registering of the name places that name on public record indicating that the registrant(s) is/are conducting business under an assumed name. A DBA protects a business from possible name duplications by other businesses.
Check with the State. This ensures that the business name is not being used by a corporation, limited liability company ("LLC"), limited liability partnership ("LLP"), or non-profit organization, which file at the State, State of Michigan Business Entity Search
Complete Business Registration Form. Registration is good for 5 years and renewable 30-90 days prior to expiration.
- Business Registration Form
- Business Registration Addendum (use if more than 4 partners or partner(s) out of state)
- Non-Resident Form (if applicant out-of-state resident)
Notify Clerk's Office.
- To change name or type of business, you must file a new certificate.
- To change address for the business
- To add or delete owners
- To dissolve the business
Fees. Cash or check payable to “Kent County Clerk”:
|Business Registration Certificate||Fees|
|Assumed Name||$10.00 1|
|Name Change||$10.00 2|
|Notice of Dissolution||$5.00|
|Change of Address||$5.00|
|Certified Copies (each)||$2.00|
1. Includes two certified copies for sole proprietorship and three certified copies for co-partnerships issued at time of filing.
2. Must file new certificate.
The County Clerk cannot give legal advice. You may wish to contact your legal advisor for more information on registering a business.
For information regarding corporations, LLC’s, LLP’s and non-profits, contact:
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
P.O. Box 30054
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 241-6470
Fax: (517) 334-8329