If you've come up with a business idea and have mapped out how you want to run your business, you will need to register your trade name. In Fulton County, Georgia, registering your trade name is a relatively simple process—and one that is required before you can conduct any commercial activities. While you may choose to hire someone to help you with this process, it is easy enough to do yourself, thus saving money for other start-up expenses.

Step 1.

Make a list of potential names for your business. Perform a quick online search to see the general usage of similar names. If you plan to have a website, you will want to check the availability of domain names that fit your trade name. Though your trade name may be available in Fulton County, it may be in use everywhere else. Once you have narrowed your list, call the Recording Division at the Clerk of the Superior Court’s Office in Fulton County (404-730-5371). There you can verify availability of your desired trade name.

Step 2.

Download or request the trade name application form after you have chosen and confirmed availability for your trade name. This form is available online at the website of the Clerk of the Superior Court’s Office in Fulton County. Alternately, you can send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the clerk's office at the following address:

Clerk of Superior Court Attention: Record Room 136 Pryor Street SW Atlanta, GA 30303

Step 3.

Fill out all items on the application, including any parties other than yourself who will be a partner in the business. Once complete, the form needs to be notarized and mailed to the clerk's office with a check for $163.50, payable to the Fulton County Clerk of Superior Court.

Step 4.

Submit a copy of your completed application to the Fulton County Daily Report for publication. Publication is a required step in the trade name registration process. Include a check for $20.00 to cover publication cost. Copies should be sent to the following address:

Fulton County Daily Report 190 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 404-521-1227